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Hanging scroll; ink on silk, 76 by 25 cm _Mounts 157,5 by 48 cm Signed: Seisei Kiitsu 菁々其一.Square relief seal: Shukurin 祝琳 Suzuki Kiitsu was the leading painter of the “Edo Rimpa” movement of artists active in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Born in Edo the son of a dyer, Kiitsu began his career as an apprentice to Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828) when he was eighteen. In the early 1800s Hōitsu had revived the style of Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716), mounting an exhibition of Kōrin’s paintings in 1815 to commemorate the centenary of his death. Hōitsu also produced...

Rinpa SchoolEarly Edo period (1615-1867), 17th centurySix-fold screen; gold ground.169 x 376 cm The term ‘Rinpa’ is an amalgamation between the last syllable from ‘Kōrin’, name of the mayor exponent of this artistic movement, and the word pa, literally “school” or “group”. However, it is to say that this name was given only later, in the 17th century, when Kōrin (1658 – 1716) further developed the school’s style. Concretely it refers to the broadly teaching of Kōrin masters. The first promoters of the Rinpa style are identified...

19th centuryHeight: 8.5 cmNetsuke with a standing figure of a Dutchman in a curly wig, his mouth open, bending forward at the waist, a tasseled, trumpet-mouthed musical instrument in his right hand, his left hand behind his back supporting a small Chinese child (karako) which climbs on his right shoulder.The theme of foreigners, known during the Edo period as ijin or "different people”that indicates all the “non-Japanese", came from the strict rules intended by the Tokugawa shogun about the relationship between the archipelago and the external world: the...

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