Woodcutter Discovering Yoro Waterfall in Mino

by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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Woodcutter Discovering Yoro Waterfall in Mino by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Woodcutter Discovering Yoro Waterfall in Mino

Series; Gekko's Essays
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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.

Woodcutter Discovering Yoro Waterfall in Mino - Handsome scene from a folktale about the discovery of Yoro Waterfall in Mino. A young man and his old father lived very frugally as woodcutters in Mino Province. The elderly father was fond of sake to warm his blood. One very hard winter, the young son could barely find enough brushwood to keep them alive. One discouraging day while trudging through the mountains, he thought he smelled sake. He came across the Yoro Waterfall, and refilling his gourd container, discovered it full of sake! Until the end of his life, he was able to keep his father healthy with this magical wine. Here, he clambers over the rocks as the side of the flowing river, his bundle of brushwood on the ground behind him. A striking design from this wonderful story, with soft shading in the water and sky.

Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 1/2"

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. A few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.

Woodcutter Discovering Yoro Waterfall in Mino by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Woodcutter Discovering Yoro Waterfall in Mino by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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