Tuesday, October 28, 2008




So it is time for another Gekko painting. This one is a very simple image, a hoe. With the butterfly above and the ripe ears of grain around the handle it is a delightful symbol of the richness of summer. The color palette is quite limited and the influences of the sumi-e tradition of ink painting and the Maruyama-Shijo school are quite evident. The seal shown below reads Miei, a slightly puzzling one as this term can be interpreted as "portrait of a noble being" and was the term used when describing traditional portraits of the deceased.













Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bijin Tossing a Fan

The example in this post is another elegant Bijin. Like most Gekko Bijin there is movement and life, no stilted figures here. I have posted a composite photo of the whole painting, a close up section and the seal which reads simply Gekko. It is an interesting painting because it makes great use of space, most of the kimino is not filled with color but the sense of the kimino is supplied by the outlined space. What color there is conveys a sense of real elegance further enhanced by the body position and the concentration seen in the face.

This particular painting is rather toned, that is to say the paper has been browned by age but the overall effect is very nice in any case.