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Photo: Susan Dirk


beginning of 18th century

Ogata Korin

Japanese, 1658 - 1716

This monochrome ink landscape, painted directly onto the gold-backed screen, is singular among Ogata Korin’s completed works. It is painted in the spontaneous, abbreviated brush style of Japanese monk-painter Sesshu (1420–1506). The “ink puddling” technique of tarashikomi, passed down from fellow Rinpa-style painter Tawaraya Sotatsu, is visible in Korin’s rock formations.

Two-panel screen; ink on gilded paper
52 3/4 x 29 3/4 in. (134 x 75.5 cm)
Thomas D. Stimson Memorial Collection
Photo: Susan Dirk
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Tokyo, Japan, Suntory Museum of Art, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", July 25 - September 6, 2009; Tour Schedule: Kobe City Museum, September 19 - December 6, 2009; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, December 23, 2009 - February 28, 2010; MOA Museum of Art, March 13 - May 9, 2010; Fukuoka Art Museum, May 23 - July 19, 2010

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Refined Harmony: Decorative Arts from the Edo Period", March 7, 2003 - March 23, 2004
Published ReferencesFuller, Richard E. "Japanese Art in the Seattle Art Museum: An Historical Sketch." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1960 ("Presented in commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and the United States of America"), no. 143

Kawai, Masatomo, Yasuhiro Nishioka, Yukiko Sirahara, editors, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", 2009, The Yomiuri Shimbun, catalogue number 47

Kono, Motoaki, et al. Ogata Korin. Toyko: Heibonsha Ltd., 2015; p. 81, reproduced.

Feltens, Frank. Ogata Korin: Art in Early Modern Japan. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2021; p. 121, reproduced fig. 77.

Lippit, Yuko and Frank Feltens. Sesson Shukei. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 2021; p. 136, reproduced fig. 15.

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