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Rinpa School

Bowl with Design of Leaves, 18th century, by Ogata Kenzan

During the late Momoyama period (16th–early 17th centuries), the Rinpa school of Japanese painting flourished in Kyoto. Founded by Hon'ami Kōetsu (1558–1637) and Tawaraya Sōtatsu (died ca. 1640), its highly decorative style often depicted scenes from the natural world and Japanese literature.

The style prospered throughout the Edo period (1603–1868) and influenced artists working in a wide array of media, including fans, hanging scrolls, ceramics, and kimono textiles. Natural subjects, including plants and birds, are often depicted in these works.

Visitors to the East Asian Art galleries can view stunning examples of the Rinpa school of art, including the Fan Painting and Woman’s Kimono.