Two-panel folding screen; ink and color on gilded paper
Image: 152.7 x 154.9 cm (60 1/8 x 61 in.); Overall: 157.5 x 158.5 cm (62 x 62 3/8 in.)
Gift of the American Foundation for the Maud E. and Warren H. Corning Botanical Collection 1964.386
Hōitsu often painted two-panel folding screens for urban clients residing in smaller spaces.
Sakai Hōitsu emulated the master Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716). Like this brilliantly colorful, daringly spare landscape set against a gold surface, Hōitsu’s compositions generally conform to patterns associated with Kōrin’s oeuvre. The impact of familiar forms is heightened by dramatic alignments. This latter feature is one of Hōitsu’s contributions to painting of the later Rinpa school, which takes its name from Kōrin’s.
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