Yoshimoto Gesso – Bluebirds in Rain

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Two bluebirds perch on a branch of a ginkgo tree in the rain, its red leaves contrasting against the dark blues of the birds as they huddle.

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Description

Two bluebirds perch on a branch of a ginkgo tree in the rain, its red leaves contrasting against the dark blues of the birds as they huddle.

The Composition

Prints depicting birds and flowers are called kacho-e by the Japanese, and there is a long history of this type of work among Japanese artists. Hokusai and Hiroshige were the great old masters of kacho-e in the first half of the nineteenth century, and this torch was handed then to Ito Shozan followed by Ohara Koson and Yoshimoto Gesso. Unfortunately little is known about Yoshimoto Gesso and much of his known work comes via the estate of the late Robert O. Muller.

The Woodblock Print

This woodblock print is in very good condition with very minor foxing or discoloration to be seen. It’s unclear whether the coloring of the paper is from age or if that’s simply the natural coloring of this paper, but it is toned as opposed to a more crisp white. Solid bleed-through to the verso, with only minor residue of tipping in the top edges. As seems to be the norm with these prints, this one does not have any margins, however it does not look to have been trimmed. Subtle coloring in the blues of the bluebirds, the reds of the ginkgo tree leaves, and the use of black washes for the branches gives depth to the piece. This piece is 4.5″ x 9.5″ and was carefully removed from backing with the stamp of the Shima Art Company.

The Artist

Yoshimoto Gesso is known for a large number of landscape and kacho-e (images of birds and flowers) designs published by Hasegawa and Nishinomiya, but little else is biographically known about him. These designs were very well crafted with artistic compositions made presumably for the foreign market.

Additional information

Artist

Yoshimoto Gesso

Date

1910s-1930s

Movement

Shin-hanga

Subjects

Animals, Rain

Condition

(A) Very Good Condition

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