Goat by Ogata Gekko, Japanese, 1859-1920. Ogata Gekko ( is considered a master of Meiji period). Here you can find his biography.
The name of the painting is “The Elderly Couple Jo and Uba Spirits of the Pine Tree with Rake for Collecting Pine Needles.
The author is Chosui Yabu Japanese ukiyo-e artist working from 1830 until 1864 .
Uba is the Japanese Goddess of fidelity. She is the spirit of a pine tree in Takasago, which was paired with a pine tree across the sea in Sumiyoshi, whose spirit, Jo, became Uba’s husband. The pair had a long and happy marriage, even though they were separated by the sea. In the Noh play Takasago, Uba and Jo are seen tending to their trees, Uba with a broom and Jo with a rake. The long lives and evergreen nature of pine trees are symbolic of the longevity of their marriage. Uba’s name means “old woman.”
Merry Christmas to Jo and Uba.
Wild Boar amidst Autumn Flowers and Grasses by Mori Sosen (Japan, 1747-1821) circa 1800.
Design of Morning–glory and Other Flowers by Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716)
Katsuo Fish with Cherry Buds, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish) by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Ichikawa Ebijūrō I as Tōken (China Dog) Jūbei by Shunkōsai Hokushū (Japanese, active 1808–32)
Ichikawa Ebijūrō I I was a talented tachiyaku actor, who was trained by Ichikawa Danzō IV and achieved fame for himself in both Edo and Kamigata. He excelled in large-scale tachimawari and hayagawari techniques.
Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 3: Mountain Dove and Peach Flowers by Teisai Hokuba (Japanese, 1771–1844)
Bora Fish with Camellia, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish) by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 3: Sparrows and Dandelions by Teisai Hokuba (Japanese, 1771–1844)