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Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828)by Matthew P. Mckelway
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Sakai Hand#333;itsu was one of the most prominent painters of late 18th- and early 19th-century Japan, known for technical bravura, arresting compositions, and striking use of color. After becoming a Buddhist monk, Hand#333;itsu was able to dedicate himself to painting, establishing a studio and studying the work of Ogata Kand#333;rin (1658and#8211;1716). Hand#333;itsu successfully revived the earlier artist's style, which later came to be known as Rimpa, "the school of Kand#333;rin."
The first book in English to focus exclusively on the work of this important artist, Silver Wind examines fifty-eight of Hand#333;itsu's works and those of his predecessors and artistic heirs, ranging from scrolls and screens to fans, lacquer, and woodblock-printed books. Accompanying essays explore Hand#333;itsu's discovery and reinterpretation of Kand#333;rin's artistic legacy; the aesthetics of the Rimpa style; and the career of Suzuki Kiitsu, his leading student.
"Rimpa is a Japanese artistic tradition noted for its decorative and poetic imagery. Sakai Hoitsu was one of the last artists to work in the style, and one of the most notable if undervalued practitioners. In contrast to other Rimpa artists, Hoitsu and his student, Suzuki Kiitsu, 'preferred to capture the subject matter of their paintings in fleeting moments precariously caught in time: shaken by rain, bathed in moonlight, or quivering in a chilly evening breeze.' The accompanying text provides rich context, albeit not always targeted toward the uninitiated. This art is not easy to reproduce, yet the book does an excellent job of evoking the expanse and glow of a pair of gold-leaved, six-panel screens by Kiitsu (Morning Glories) as well as the delicate boldness of a painted fan by Hoitsu (Ã¢Â€Â˜Akikonomu,' from The Tale of Genji). This catalogue accompanies an exhibition curated by the Japan Society Gallery in New York running through January 6, 2013, so it includes the work of Hoitsu, but also of his influencers and followers, and unfortunately, constrained by the paintings in the show itself, the book leaves out reproductions of several referenced paintings. Nevertheless, the book should be an important contribution to understanding Japanese art of the period. 110 color illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Silver Wind is the first English publication to focus exclusively on the work of Sakai Hand#333;itsu, one of the most prominent artists of late-Edo Japan.
About the Author
Matthew P. McKelway is Takeo and Itsuko Atsumi Associate Professor of Japanese Art History at Columbia University. Tadashi Kobayashi is former professor of art history at Gakushand#363;in University, Tokyo. Toshinobu Yasumura is director of the Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo.
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