Sōtatsu: Making Waves

Kōrin hyakuzu kōhen

Few vehicles were more important to the dispersal of the Rinpa style than One Hundred Paintings by Kōrin (Kōrin hyakuzu). The undated, woodblock-printed book was produced as part of the celebrations surrounding the one-hundredth anniversary of Kōrin’s death in 1815. Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828), the most distinguished living painter practicing Kōrin’s style, organized a memorial service in Edo and produced an exhibition of his forerunner’s paintings. This book features paintings shown at the exhibition and additional others, for a total of ninety-nine. Eleven years later, another edition was produced with 103 images.

Kōrin hyakuzu kōhen
Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828)
Japan, 1826
Volume 2, woodblock-printed book
Ink on paper; paper covers
Purchase—The Gerhard Pulverer Collection, Museum funds, Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Harold P. Stern Memorial fund in appreciation of Jeffrey P. Cunard and his exemplary service to the Galleries as chair of the Board of Trustees (2003-2007)
Freer Gallery of Art, FSC-GR-780.476.1

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