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「花美人名所合 亀戸 臥龍梅」
"The ‘Crouching Dragon’ Plum Tree at Kameido” from the series An Array of Flowers, Beauties, and Famous Places (hana bijin meisho awase)

Artist:
Ogata Gekkō (Japanese, 1859–1920)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
1895
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image (each): 14 in. × 9 3/8 in. (35.6 × 23.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2429a–c
Not on view
In the years following the Russo-Japanese War, largely due to the growing popularity of photography, traditional woodblock printing declined. Only a few print artists, including Gekkō, managed to survive commercially. His boldly composed, oversize triptych prints stood out from others’ output, and came to be called shin nishiki-e (new polychrome print). The characteristics of these prints are subdued overall coloring, shading in the background, and women presented with more gentle demeanors.
Signature: Gekko; unidentified seal
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