by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Series; Gekko's Essays
Gekko's Essays - Begun in 1886, "Gekko's Essays" (Zuihitsu) is a wonderful series encompassing a wide range of subjects. Gekko depicts figures from history and mythology, including famous beauties, poets, scholars, and warriors, along with a few supernatural creatures. These handsome designs are rendered in Gekko's distinctive painterly style, with soft washes of color and flowing calligraphic line work, expertly printed by Matsuki Heikichi to capture these qualities. The series was completed by 1887, but woodblocks are found with dates up to 1899, proving the popularity of the designs, which continued to be printed. A great choice to collect or display.
The Four Classes Riding Together - Handsome design of passengers riding in a ferry across a body of water. The scene represents the shinokosho, the four divisions of society in the Edo era, all riding together in harmony: samurai, farmers, artisans, and merchants. A young man in a rust colored coat stands holding a pole topped with bundles of paper used in Shinto purification rituals and colorful streamers fluttering in the breeze. An older man kneels before him, holding a slender pipe, while two beauties sit in the rear under a purple umbrella. An attractive composition with very soft shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.
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