Sōtatsu: Making Waves

Waves at Matsushima

Waves at MatsushimaOgata Kōrin adapted and disseminated many Sōtatsu works; those adaptations were further codified in woodblock-printed form and attributed to Kōrin himself at the centennial anniversary of his death. See One Hundred Pictures by Kōrin (Kōrin hyakuzu) elsewhere in this gallery; its images had been altered several times since Sōtatsu’s original productions. Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858) was a painter based in Edo (Tokyo’s name before 1868) who elaborated on Kōrin’s style, as did his teacher Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1829). The placement of various elements suggests that Kiitsu might have used the printed-book image as a model. His Waves at Matsushima reflects the Edo taste for a smoother, more polished approach to Rinpa painting.

Waves at Matsushima
Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858)
Japan, ca. 1830
Pair of sliding-door panels (kobusuma)
Ink and colors on paper
Feinberg Collection

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