Rimpa Kawaii!!

Rimpa is the most popular school of Japanese painting, familiar to almost everyone in Japan. While the work of the Rimpa school is quite accesible, describing why it is so compellingly fascinating is surprisingly difficult. This book captures, of all the feelings evoked by seeing Rimpa works, what is most positive and most true to Rimpa in this theme – kawaii (adorable).

The Rimpa School (or Rinpa), included a group of artists who worked together and were known for a particular style of painting. Even though the school is named after Ogata Korin, the specific Rimpa style originated from Koetsu and Sotatsu. “Rimpa” is translated as “School of Korin”. 

There were 3 peaks of the Rimpa style, starting with Koetsu and Sotatsu from 1558-1637. With Koetsu’s calligraphy and Sotatsu’s elegant and professional paintings, they worked together and were quick to reach success. 

Ogata Korin & Kenzan brought the style back from 1658-1716. Korin studied Koetsu’s paintings and decided to create his own. His, however, were much more abstract and simple than Koetsu’s ("Heilbrunn Timeline"). 

Rimpa then reemerged with Sakai Hoitsu from around 1761-1828. Hoitsu was the one who started up the Rimpa School in Edo. He focused on painting nature scenes from all four seasons. 

Each ‘peak’ had a slightly different style, for example, Hoitsu focused on kachoga, or flowers, while Koetsu and Sotatsu focused on illustrating scenes from popular literature at the time. However, even throughout the gaps of time, the Rimpa style mainly stayed constant. They always included bright colored patterns and scenes of nature. The unique Rimpa style has continued on to inspire other artists centuries later.

128 p, ills colour, 15 x 21 cm, pb, Japanese/English intro



€ 21,50