Autumn leaf viewing

Ogata Gekkō
Tokyo 1859 - 1920
Autumn leaf viewing
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Shikishiban surimono, 240 x 252 mm

Signed: Gekkō, red artist’s seal

Very fine impression, printed on thick Osho paper, used for surimono, which allows nice effects of karazuri (gauffrage).

The print depicts people observing the fall of the maple leaves. Like many surimono of late 19th century, it has no poem cut into the block. Often such surimono were made without the poem which was added later handly by the poet or donor for some special occasion.

For another impression see Edythe Polster - Alfred H. Marks, Surimono: Prints by Elbow, Washington, D.C., 1980, p. 109, illustrated.

Ogata Gekkō was born in 1859 in Tokyo. He became an orphan and he was adopted by a family with the name Ogata. Later he got the family name Chin, which formed with his other name the poetic meaning sink into the moonlit lake. His characteristic style is almost pictorial due to his passion for painting and drawing. He never underwent the traditional apprenticeship in any of the printmaking schools. His favorites subjects are natural or everyday life scenes. He produced a considerable number of war prints during and after the Sino-Japanese war (1894 - 1895).