Ogata Gekko gekko portrait Paintings

Although Gekko is sometimes described as a print maker his real vocation was painting. Many works are masterful and his designs subtle and evocative. His style evolved steadily throughout his career and periods of exploration of a technique will become apparent to those interested enough to look deeply. Close study of his sumi-e (ink paintings) reveals a 'vital' brush and his use of design and color is generally exquisite. He was a prolific painter and some of his work can be a little generic, but his best work reveals him to be one of the best of his era. The number of his paintings is too great to try and put them all on a website but those illustrated here will give a good overview of his style, skills and breadth.

ichi fuji

Ichi-Fuji Ni-Taka San-Nasubi

(Fuji Pine and Eggplant, all signifying good fortune)

spring and summer

Spring and summer diptych



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