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 Japanese Soul of a Chivalrous Man, 1887 - Terrific woodblock of an otokodate or chivalrous commoner who has foiled an attacker by using his shakuhachi flute as a weapon. The rogue is knocked to the ground, one sandal flying through the air. The hero stands triumphant, the flute raised over his head. A pair of bats flies across the sky in the background. An intriguing image, detailed with touches metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone on the brown kimono and blue obi.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots and creases. Please see photos for details.
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