C1897

Two Young Samurai Enjoying The Cherry Blossoms

Artist:

Ogata Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Two beautifully dressed Samurai enjoying the countryside festooned with falling cherry blossoms. Taken from the poem of &quotSamurai viewing cherry-blossom&quot. From the series Nihon hana zue (Pictures of flowers of Japan )

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Full Title:

Two Young Samurai Enjoying The Cherry Blossoms

Date:

C1897

Artist:

Ogata Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Image Size: 

220mm 
x 325mm
AUTHENTICITY
Two Young Samurai Enjoying The Cherry Blossoms - Antique Print from 1897

Genuine antique
dated:

1897

Description:

Two beautifully dressed Samurai enjoying the countryside festooned with falling cherry blossoms. Taken from the poem of &quotSamurai viewing cherry-blossom&quot. From the series Nihon hana zue (Pictures of flowers of Japan )

Biography:

Ogata Gekko (1859-1920)

Gekko’s was born Nakagami Masanosuke in the Kobayashi district of Edo (Tokyo), and lived most of his life in the same district.  His father was a wealthy merchant who ran the family business which had been established for several generations.

Gekko was orphaned at the age of 16 when his father died and his family lost their businesses and had to open a lantern shop. 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. 

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’.

Though Gekko would later become a founding member and developer of several important art institutions, including Nihon Bijutsu Kyôkaï, Nihon Seinen Kaïga Kyôkaï (the Japan Youth Painting Association), the Academy of Japanese Art, the Bunten (the Ministry of Education’s annual juried exhibition), and an actively participating member of the Nihon Bijitsuin and the Meiji Fine Art Association, he never attended art school himself, nor did he undergo the traditional apprenticeship in a print maker’s studio. In a society that discouraged self-promotion, Gekko began his art career by preparing flyers and taking them around to various publishers and places to sell his services as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers and a designer of lacquerware and pottery.

Although his techniques were thoroughly modern, Gekko considered himself to be firmly rooted in the ukiyo-e tradition. Though he had no teacher himself, he had some outstanding pupils during a 30 year teaching career, including Yamamura Toyonari (Koka), his son Ogata Getsuzan, Kanamori Nanko, and Tsukioka Kôgyo (1869-1927), whose mother had married the Meiji Period’s other great artist, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.

 

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