Gekko -- "Monkey Reaching for the Moon" (#16)

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Artist OGATA Gekko
Title "Monkey Reaching for the Moon" (given name)
(aka "Gibbon")
Date Early 1900's
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death (via dealer contact).
Series na
Publisher Believed to be Daikoku-ya
(Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 9 1/8 x 9 3/4 ("shikishiban").
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; light "gauffrage" to moon's "reflected outline" and ripples in water; nicely detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. Full, original margins; unbacked. (Slight toning-- otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus "The New Wave," pl#43, pg85.
Comments An absolutely charming and delightful image. (Believed to pre-date Koson's similar image-- (Learn more).
Stock photos.
Item # GG-346
Price $575