Ogata Gekko and Japanese art

Ogata Gekko and Japanese art

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Ogata Gekkō (1859-1920) was born at a time of monumental changes in Japan. He had few options but to grow up quickly after his father became bankrupt. 

In the first art piece, the bamboo depictions hold a slight mystery – with the fade in the background. Hence, despite the simplicity of the theme, it works a treat. 

In contrast, the art piece above is more complex. This concerns the delightful flowers of autumn and two ladies and a child – who are dressed elegantly. Indeed, the attire of all three contrast delightfully with the flowers. 

Gekkō focused on several art forms. This includes ukiyo-eShijo-style, nihonga, and Chinese art. Therefore, once Gekkō became established, he sought to expand his art and entice new viewers.

He focused on countless art themes – from stylish ladies to war – from nature to important Japanese historical figures. Overall, Gekkō kept an artistic freshness throughout his life.

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