Kamisaka Sekka: Rinpa Traditionalist, Modern Designer
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
192 pages, with 175 full-color reproductions
Written by Andreas Marks
Published with the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture
Size: 10 x 8 in.
Japanese artist Kamisaka Sekka (1866–1942) flourished during the vibrant Meiji era. He led the revival of the Rinpa style and was a progenitor of modern design in Japan, creating imaginative, innovative imagery. He cooperated with other artisans to apply his designs to ceramics, lacquerware, and textiles, and in doing so, he became an influential transitional figure.
Chosen for this book are the complete sets of prints from three of his best-known publications: All Kinds of Things (Chigusa), All Kinds of Butterflies (Chō senshū), and Things from Many Worlds (Momoyogusa). The 175 lush reproductions make this a must-have for any admirer of Asian art prints. An introductory essay authored by Andreas Markssecures this seminal artist’s legacy as one of the most important designers of the early 20th century.