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.
Shunkan, 1892 - Poignant image of Shunkan, in a tattered robe, lying on the beach looking out to sea, his walking stick and a wooden cup on the sand next to him. Shunkan, Naritsune, and Yasuyori were exiled to the island of Kikai for plotting against the Taira leader, Kiyomori. After three years, a ship arrived to pardon Naritsune and Yasuyori, but not Shunkan, who remains behind, watching as the tiny ship on the horizon makes its way to the mainland without him. Waves crash against the shore and gulls flutter overhead. Beautifully drawn with delicate line work and soft washes of color.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 12 1/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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