Monday, July 13, 2009


Saru, Gibbon Monkey (1900-1910)
Ogata Gekko (Japanese, 1859-1920)
Shishikiban print (square format)

A very cool work I recently saw at the Monkey Business show at the Toledo Museum of Art recently. The work was on loan from a private collection.

According the website on the artist, Ogata Gekko was Japan's first internationally acclaimed artist. This particular image was one of the most loved works by everyone I was visiting the gallery with. The simple features on the monkey's face and the glorious long arm stretching down, were significant features.

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