Saturday, October 9, 2010

Takarai Kikaku

Here we have another Gekko painting which exhibits his skill using delicate color washes over strong bones. I have cropped the painting to emphasise the figure.
I suspect this is a painting of Takarai Kikaku the famous poet. If this is correct it also suggests a date for this painting, 1907, as this was the 300th anniversary of his death, an event celebrated in Japanese artistic circles. The 2 frogs next to Gekko's signature are perhaps an allusion to Kikaku's illustrious teacher Basho and his famous frog haiku.