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.
Beauty and Flower Seller - Lovely image of a beauty admiring the flowering branches that a traveling vendor has for sale. A young mother stands behind a stone pillar, a baby in her arms, while a dog disappears around the other side. Two kites float high above in the pale blue sky. A charming image, beautifully drawn with delicate detail.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few stains. Please see photos for details.
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