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Kamisaka Sekka

Whirling Snow , page from Flowers of a Hundred Worlds

Kamisaka Sekka Japanese, 1866-1942
Whirling Snow , page from Flowers of a Hundred Worlds, 1909-1910
woodblock prints on paper
29.7 x 22.2 x 1.6 cm (11 11/16 x 8 13/16 x 5/8 inches) for a full-page illustration in each volume (
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2006.38

  • Kamisaka Sekka led the Meiji-period (1868—1912) revival of the highly decorative seventeenth-century Rinpa style of painting developed by Tawaraya Sotatsu (d. 1643?) and Ogata Korin (1658—1716). A Kyoto-based artist working in a variety of media, Sekka traveled to Europe, where he was influenced by Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement. He transcended the boundaries of fine and decorative arts to become Kyoto’s leading exponent of Neo-Rinpa design and craft. This exquisitely printed book, one of his finest works, merges traditional painting styles with subjects drawn from printmaking, thus addressing the unity of art and design. The brilliant coloring and composition of this spectacular image of vine leaves in autumn exemplifies the inventiveness of Sekka’s designs.

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