1. Bamboo Trees
SAKAI HOITSU (1761 –1828)
Ink on paper
108 x 46 cm
A Rimpa painter, Hoitsu was the second son of Lord Sakai of Himeji Castle in Harima Province. Hoitsu moved to Kyoto to study, where he received an eclectic painting education. He began in the Kano school; then under Utagawa Toyoharu of the ukiyo-e school, Watanabe Nangaku of the Maruyama School, and So Shiseki of the Nanga school. Finally, on the advice of Tani Buncho, he took up the Rimpa style.
Hoitsu was also well versed in the classics, poetry, and the Noh. In 1797 he became a Buddhist priest, and spent the last 21 years of his life in seclusion, painting and studying the life and works of Korin. (From 1707 the Sakai family had supported Korin with a daily allowance for a number of years and had a large collection of his work.) He published two influential books- "Korin Hyakazu" (1815) and "Kenzan Iboku Gafu" (1823)-of woodcuts after paintings by Korin and Kenzan, as well as a book of his own work, "Oson Gafu". His style owes something to the realism of Okyo, but much more to Korin's decorative manner, which he revived.
Hoitso's work is found in the following collections: Dallas Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Tokyo National Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, British Museum, etc.
Provenance: Formerly in a French collection.
Detail: close-up view of top half