A beautiful and rare oban print by Yoshimoto Gesso in excellent condition, we’re only able to find a few other instances of this print. We’re unable to find any other instances of this print. Beautiful color, incredible detail, and a composition and feel in the style of Shoda Koho. A lone sailboat sails down the river during sunset, flocks of birds overhead and a lone person walking along the shoreline road. Printed on off-white paper.
The Woodblock Print
This oban-sized woodblock is in very fine to excellent condition; great color and detail. Intact margins. Very faint matburn on the edges of the margins, hinging remnants on the verso. Stamped Made in Japan on the verso.
About 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 export/foreign market. His work is very painterly, leading some to believe that he was a trained painter whose works were commissioned, and then transformed into woodblocks by the professional carvers and printers at Hasegawa and Nishinomiya, but that is speculation.