Providing fine art to collectors, museums, corporations, and the trade since 1977.
Specializing in rare 18th - 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints
Notes: Restored left corner. Lightly soiled and rubbed at the edges. Mounted by the Museum on archival backing. Ex-collection of the Worcester Art Museum. Tipped to original museum folder with their catalog stamp, "Japanese Print No. G965 Worcester Art Museum".
Richard Lane notes: "During his stay in Osaka, Gakutei produced a remarkable set of landscape prints, one shown here: a covered pleasure boat with geisha and guests being poled under the "Fan Bridge" as the autumn moon looms over the scene. The design and printing are detailed and immaculate, lying somewhere between ukiyo-e and surimono techniques, and the setting could easily be translated intact to a Kabuki stage."
A Ukiyo-e printmaker, Gakutei was a native of Edo, but lived and worked in Osaka in the 1830`s. His work was much influenced by Hokusai. A Kyoka poet, Gakutei also put his own poems on his prints. Popular in his time, he was a good craftsman who made many excellent surimono and book illustrations.