Ogata Gekko was one of the earliest Japanese artists to gain international renown, exhibiting and winning awards at numerous world’s fairs. A self-taught artist, he made designs for lacquerware, illustrated books and newspapers before taking up printmaking. When he did so, his style often imitated the brush stroke, as is evident in the smoke that here surrounds the dragon, rising against the backdrop of Mount Fuji. His most famous composition, Dragon Rising up to Heaven belongs to his series Miscellany from Gekko, and is also repeated—with a much smaller dragon—in One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji.
(Image restoration by Adam Cuerden.)