Flowers of Japan - Gekko's "Flowers of Japan" series features a variety of subjects beyond flowers, including historical figures and events, and pastimes or daily activities. These charming designs are rendered in Gekko's painterly style, which includes attractive calligraphic line work with a loose, sketch-like quality. Prints were published between 1892 and 1900, and many subjects include deluxe publishing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, or mica. These attractive Meiji era designs are a nice choice to collect or display.
Lord Kusunoki Bidding Farewell to His Son, 1893 - Handsome scene of the legendary samurai Kusunoki Masashige saying goodbye to his son just before the Battle of Minatogawa. A brilliant strategist and general who fought to restore the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo to the throne, Kusunoki led his men into the field at the emperor's order, knowing that his side faced superior forces and almost certain death. Badly defeated, Kusunoki and his remaining men committed seppuku. In this solemn parting, Kusunoki kneels on a low platform, looking down sadly, a red scroll in his hand. His eleven-year-old son Masatsura kneels before him, wiping a tear from his eye with his kimono sleeve. The father bids goodbye to his son, urging him to remain loyal to the emperor. Kusunoki's battle helmet rests on a black lacquer trunk behind him, and his bow and arrows lean against the gray and white striped tent walls. Beautiful detail in the expressive faces and setting, embellished with burnishing and embossing. A poignant image. Kusunoki is remembered for his extreme loyalty and self-sacrifice, and a monument to him stands outside the Imperial Palace. A fine choice for a samurai enthusiast.
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. Backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.
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