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