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This superb piece is titled Dotou Hinode, "Surging waves at Sunrise".
An inspired image, one which evokes a sense of power reminiscent of the famous Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai. The comparison with Hokusai is not unjustified, it was said in the Meiji period that Gekko's Manga (sketch books for study) were the successors to Hokusai's Manga from a generation earlier.
The seal on this piece reads Konchû Tenru.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I have posted this painting to give an example of Gekko's versatility as an artist. This is a sumi-e painting, over 2 metres tall, of Zhuangzi also known as Chuang Tzu, an early and important Chinese philosopher. It was Zhuangzi who first proposed the story that he had been dreaming he was a butterfly and then woke to discover he was Zhuangzi, but on further thought realised he may have been a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.
This painting is one of a series covering Chinese deities/philosophers. It is quite possible that the series was commissioned by a temple or monastery given the size of each piece.
The seal on this painting is as yet unread