November 27, 2022

Suzuki Kiitsu and Japanese artwork: Modern homage

Lee Jay Walker

Fashionable Tokyo Instances

The modern Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores many elements of artwork. This notably issues European and Japanese artwork. On this artwork piece, the main focus is on the lovely artwork of Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858) and the homage by Utsumi.

Kiitsu belongs to the world of rinpa (rimpa) artwork. Nonetheless, his revolutionary fashion pushed the boundaries – just like Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942).

Bonhams says, “The son of a dyer, Kiitsu was born in Omi Province and moved to Edo. He was the main disciple of Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1829) and married the elder sister of a fellow scholar of Hoitsu’s, Suzuki Reitan (1782-1817), turning into head of the Suzuki household when Reitan died. After helping in lots of Hoitsu’s later works, Kiitsu went on to develop his personal model of the Edo-Rinpa fashion and performed an vital half in making certain its transmission right down to fashionable occasions.”

Within the artwork piece above, Utsumi pays a pleasant homage to Kiitsu. The modern Japanese artist Utsumi hails from northern Japan. Her art work is commonly impressed by previous European and Japanese artists, regardless of a number of unbiased landscapes. Henceforth, on this pleasant panorama, you’ll be able to depict the partial affect of Suzuki Kiitsu. Nonetheless, Utsumi solely makes use of a singular angle of Kiitsu. This issues the backdrop of the river. Due to this fact, the “Beautiful Bleak Midwinter artwork of Northern Japan” is a fusion of concepts that hyperlinks the passages of time – and is a pleasant side of Utsumi’s artwork.

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Kiitsu and Utsumi come from totally different durations of Japanese historical past. Nonetheless, the lure of artwork and tradition binds each people. Immediately, the artwork of Kiitsu is admired deeply in his native Japan – and additional afield for lovers of worldwide artwork.

The MET Museum says, “The Rinpa Faculty’s reputation was revived within the early nineteenth century, largely because of the work of the painter Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828), who succeeded in establishing the Rinpa Faculty in Edo. A member of a samurai household who had patronized Kōrin, Hōitsu intensively studied Kōrin’s artworks. Nonetheless, he shifted the themes on which he centered, concentrating on pure pictures, particularly representations of the 4 seasons, reasonably than scenes from classical literature. He additionally introduced a higher consideration to element in his portray fashion. Hōitsu’s chief scholar Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858) launched a higher sense of naturalism to his representations of flowers and vegetation. The Rinpa fashion continued to affect artists working in a wide range of media all through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Nonetheless, the fashion related to Rinpa modified as different actions, similar to ukiyo-e and Nihonga, have been blended with it, altering and diluting the Rinpa fashion and its devotion to classical themes and traits.”

General, the unique artwork of Kiitsu conjures up Utsumi (artwork piece above) due to his huge creativity. Therefore, whereas Utsumi solely takes a snippet of Kiitsu’s affect in her artwork, it’s carried out sublimely – that comes with her distinctive individualism. – Sawako Utsumi and the place you should buy her artwork, postcards, baggage, and different merchandise. Additionally, people can contact her for particular person requests. 

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