Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Genku Shonin at Sakura-ga-ike
Series; Flowers of Japan
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.
Genku Shonin at Sakura-ga-ike - Terrific design of a dragon deity appearing to the Priest Genku at Sakura-ga-ike Pond, who kneels on a straw mat on the verandah of a rustic cabin. The eerie figure rises up out of the water in a misty cloud of gray smoke, wrapped in a flowing white robe as waves crash below. The monk looks up from his prayers, regarding the apparition calmly. A fantastic image with soft color in the water and sky contrasting with the bolder color of the monk and cabin setting.
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 paper remnants on reverse from previous mounting. Horizontal centerfold. Toning, creasing, soiling, a few stains. Writing on reverse at edge. Please see photos for details.