Sakai Hoitsu, Autumn flowers Japanese screen painting

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A two-fold Japanese screen by Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828). Japan 19th century, Edo period.

This small Japanese folding screen painted by Sakai Hoitsu was originally designed as a pair of sliding doors for an alcove or tokonoma. The scene depicts an autumn vine weaving rhythmically through bellflowers (kikyo) and pampass grass (susuki). Kikyo and susuki are two of the celebrated seven grasses of autumn (aki no nanakusa) which were often mentioned in verses of the Manyoshu, the earliest collection of Japanese poetry and song. More than flowers of any other season, autumn grasses washed by rain and bent in the wind are thought to attain a beauty unsurpassed; many feel the same way regarding Hoitsu’s exquisite brushwork and graceful compositions.

A four-fold screen by Hoitsu utilising the almost identical composition is held in the collection of the Miho Museum, Shiga.

Born into the family of the feudal lords of Himeji castle, Sakai Hoitsu had a privileged and cultivated upbringing providing him the opportunity to study Noh drama, haiku poetry, tea-ceremony, music and painting. As was common during the Edo period, Hoitsu began his study of painting with the officially sanctioned Kano school, later receiving influence from and instruction in the contemporary Ukiyo-e, Maruyama-Shijo and Nagasaki styles. Taking tonsure as a monk in 1797 Hoitsu freed himself of his significant familial obligations and immersed himself in the study of the life and art of Ogata Korin (1658-1716). His attraction to Korin was inspired by the fact that a century earlier Hoitsu’s family had been among Korin’s chief patrons, and numerous masterpieces by Korin were preserved in their collection.

In 1815, 100 years after Korin’s death, Hoitsu published Korin Hyakuzu (One Hundred Paintings by Korin), woodblock print reproductions of paintings by the master. Besides honouring Korin in this way, he clearly traced the lineage of what would come to be known in a later age as the Rinpa (Rimpa) school. Hoitsu, while taking Korin’s works as his model, went on to create highly affecting works reflective of the refined tastes of his day.

In recent times the Rinpa (Rimpa) school, which Hoitsu played a pivotal role in developing, has become Japan’s most admired and celebrated school of art.

In 1972 an exhibition entitled ‘Rinpa’ was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Tokyo National Museum.

Commenting on that exhibition the noted scholar James Cahill states “The world of Rinpa is not far from our everyday life. It simply transforms the everydayness into a thoroughly beautiful image. Of all the arts in the world, if one were to cite a decorative style that transcends the ‘simply decorative’ limit, it would be Rinpa. The delicacy, boldness, and impressiveness of Rinpa is a perfect match for works of religious or humanistic content demonstrating highly refined artistry.”

In 2008 the Tokyo National Museum held an exhibition titled ‘Treasures by Rinpa Masters - Inheritance and Innovation’ in which many works by Hoitsu were featured.

In 2011 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Hoitsu’s birth a broad and scholarly exhibition titled ‘Sakai Hoitsu and Edo Rinpa’ was held at the Himeji City Museum of Art and the Chiba City Museum of Art.

In 2012 the Japan Society held the exhibition ‘Silver Wind: the Arts of Sakai Hoitsu’ in New York. The exhibited works were sourced predominantly from American collections.

In 2015 the Kyoto National Museum held the blockbuster exhibition ‘Rinpa - The Aesthetics of the Capital’. Works by Hoitsu formed a significant part of the exhibition.

Works by the artist can be found in the collections of: Asia Society, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, USA; Feinberg Collection, USA; Gitter-Yellen Collection, USA; Hosomi Museum, Kyoto; Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Kyoto National Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo; MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan; Museum Yamato Bunkakan, Nara; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri; New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Seikado Bunko Art Museum, Tokyo; Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington D.C.; Tokyo National Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, London; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo.


Dimensions:

Image - H. 13” x W. 51” (32 cm x 129 cm)

Screen - H. 18” x W. 56” (46 cm x 144 cm).

Details

  • Creator
    Sakai Hoitsu (Artist)
  • Of the Period
    Edo
  • Place of Origin
    Japan
  • Condition
    Good. Professionally restored and remounted in Kyoto..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    18 in. H x 56 in. W x 1 in. D
    46 cm H x 142 cm W x 3 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Kyoto, Japan
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU247236631773
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