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OGATA GEKKO
(1859 - 1920)
AN ALBINO RABBIT, c. 1910s

Colour woodblock print, c. 1910s, signed Gekko. Very good impression, with embossing on the hair of the rabbit, fine colour and condition. Tiny Made in Japan stamping on the verso; 245 x 260 mm.

Ogata Gekko worked as a painter, printmaker and decorator of lacquerware and pottery. He was a founding member of the Bunten (Ministry of Education Art Exhibitions, starting in 1907). Genre scenes from everyday life were his most common subjects. He produced a considerable number of war prints during and after the Sino-Japanese war. His print style is more reminiscent of paintings then traditional woodblocks and his designs required great skill of the carvers and printers who executed them.