This huge Daruma is powerful, no-nonsense, in-your-face. [Signed] Gesso Soryu.
Murata Gesso (Soryu) was a professional artist, originally an oil painter who trained under several top Western artists during the Meiji period. Murata served as an instructor of Western-style oil painting at the Kyoto Academy of Painting, and was active promoting modern art. Late in life, however, Murata turned to zenga, particularly portraits of Daruma. His distinctive Daruma paintings became quite well known.