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.
Endo Musha Morito about to Attack Kesa Gozen, 1896 - Terrific scene from the tale of Endo Musha Morito and his infatuation with the beautifully Kesa Gozen, who was happily married. She loved her husband very much and was afraid that Endo's obsession might lead him to harm her husband. To prevent this, she convinced Endo to murder her husband one night in their bedroom. She then cut off her hair and took her husband's place in the dark room. Endo murdered her, thus saving her husband's life. He is shown here opening the door to her home, his sword in hand, cautiously peering into the room, ready to spring into action. The beauty lies sleeping behind a cloth screen, her face partially concealed by a quilt, quietly prepared to meet her fate. Wonderful detail in the architectural setting and fine furnishings. An intriguing depiction of this legendary story.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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