Savoring the Rinpa Artists: Kōetsu, Sōtatsu, Kōrin, Kenzan, and Hōitsu

MOA Museum of Art

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[Image: Kenzan Ogata "Covered Box" (1663 - 1743)]

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The Rinpa is a unique school of art that was perpetuated by artists who had an affinity with its style, starting in the early Edo period with Hon’ami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu being forerunners. Ogata brothers, Kōrin and Kenzan, elevated the school to a higher plane, and Sakai Hōitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu endeavored to revive the tradition toward the end of the eighteenth century. The Rinpa artists encompassed a wide range of art forms from paintings to lacquerware, earthenware, and textile, producing many innovative, sophisticated designs. This exhibition showcases masterpieces of these prominent Rinpa artists, notably Hon’ami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Calligraphy of Poems from the ‘Shin-Kokin Wakashu’ on Paper decorated with Deer), Ogata Kōrin (The Empress Akikonomu) and Sakai Hōitsu (Wisteria, Lotus and Maple).

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from December 14, 2019 to January 21, 2020

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