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Early Edo Rimpa
Japanese, (1658–1716)
Painter, potter, lacquerer, textile designer; member of Rimpa school. Born in Kyoto; lived in Edo. Son of Ogata Soken, a prosperous Kyoto cloth merchant who had been associated with Koetsu at Takagamine. Led a spendthrift life; eventually reduced to poverty, retired into nominal priesthood under name of Nichiju. In 1701 received title of hokkyo from the court. Said to have studied first under Yamamoto Soken, then under Kano Tsunenobu and Sumiyoshi Gukei; influenced by Koetsu and Sotatsu. Foremost Edo decorative painter, influencing all Japan. His style combines forceful abstract design and keen pbservation of nature: a talent for pattern and composition. His paintings more carefully executed, with more precise outlines and more evenly applied color, than Sotatsu's; used fewer geometric shapes, less pronounced axis. They have less depth, with broadly handled backgrounds. In ceramics, worked with his younger brother Kenzan at the Narutaki kiln from 1699 to 1712, painting the designs on the pottery that Kenzan then fired. Uncertain if he actually made lacquer or only the designs for it; much use of pewter, nacre, lead to vary textures an add touch of roughness for tea ceremony taste. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

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