Japanese Woodblock Print, 1930 published by Nishinomiya/HasegawaDomestic: Flat-rate of $31.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.Location: This item ships from Georgia
SIZE IN INCHES: shikishi, approx. 10 x 9.5 inches
PROVENANCE: from the Robert O. Muller eatate
OGATA GEKKO (1859-1920 ) was a Japanese-style painter and printmaker. He was also a designer of pottery and lacquerware. Gekko was orphaned at the age of 16. The teenage Gekko survived by designing rickshaws and selling his drawings. His rickshaws were shown at the Interior Exhibition of Industrial Design as examples of fine contemporary craftsmanship. It didn't take long for his exceptional artistic talent to be recognized. After this and after producing an immense number of paintings and sketches, he was recognized by such important figures as the artist Kawanabe Kyosai (often credited for 'discovering' Gekko) and the famous Ogata family, direct descendants of one of Japan's most celebrated artists, Ogata Korin (who was himself older brother to the legendary artist, Ogata Kenzan). Ogata Koya adopted him and the young artist appended their family name to the name he gave himself, Gekko, which means Moonlight.
He was a founding member of the Bunten and a frequent prize winner at its exhibitions. He served as an illustration during the Sino-Japanese War and many triptychs depicting battles of the war are attributed to him. Gekko was first influenced by the style of Kikuchi Yosai, but later developed an amusing way of treating genre subjects after a studying the ukiyo-e style on his own.
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