Gakutei (1786 - 1868 )

Born in Edo as Harunobu Sugawara, Gakutei Yashima studied printmaking under Shuei and Hokkei. He moved to Osaka in the 1830s, where he designed landscape studies of his new home with a delicate and decorative style likely influenced by Hokusai. In addition to printmaking, he wrote kyoka (comic poems), often illustrating these verses in his prints. While a talented woodblock artist, Gakutei was also known throughout Japan as a writer. He translated and illustrated the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West.


Gakutei’s oeuvre consists primarily of surimono. These deluxe, limited-edition prints blend the rich visual imagery of ukiyo-e with the ethereal art of poetry. These works were privately commissioned by poetry societies and prosperous patrons of the arts, often in celebration of the New Year, poetry competitions, and other special occasions. Most were printed with a light verse or clever aphorism and employed the most lavish printing techniques. These marvels of woodblock printing employed the finest handmade papers with generous use of gold, silver, bronze, mica, embossing and lacquer-like effect.

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Ema of Sheep at Hachiman, Kuramae

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Ema of Sheep at Hachiman, Kuramae

JP2913

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Sage and Dragon

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Sage and Dragon

JP5059

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Furuichi Dance

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Furuichi Dance

JPR1-66907

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Yamato Takeru no Mikoto

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Yamato Takeru no Mikoto

JPR-82101

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Beauty Holding a Paperweight

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Beauty Holding a Paperweight

JP2863

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Chinese Woman Looking at Spider (Meiji Edition)

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Chinese Woman Looking at Spider (Meiji Edition)

JP110760

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Court Lady Viewing Cherry Blossoms

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Court Lady Viewing Cherry Blossoms

JPR1-66913

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Kusunoki Tatewaki Masatsura

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Kusunoki Tatewaki Masatsura

JPR1-66901

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Hojo Yasutoki

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Hojo Yasutoki

JPR1-66903

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Peacock

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Peacock

JPR1-67033

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Goddess Konohanasakuya (Cherry Blossom Blooming Princess)

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Goddess Konohanasakuya (Cherry Blossom Blooming Princess)

JPR1-66905

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Ebisu God

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Ebisu God

JPR1-67008

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Tale of Tosa

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Tale of Tosa

JPR1-66939

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