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While the Kano artists employed by the ruling samurai class were changing subject matter to please their patrons; other artists ignored the imported culture entirely, and instead reached back 300 years to their indigenous style of painting - Yamatoe. This was the same distinctive way of painting which the Imperial Court had retained, but the Rimpa Artists were not restricted to the classic literature as was Tosa. Their imaginations were free to roam over any subject which appealed to the Japanese. It is the Rimpa School which is most recognizable to the Western connoisseur.

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