Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist

Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The life of Ikeda Koson is difficult to put together because many areas remain unknown. However, it is known that he studied under the acclaimed Sakai Hôitsu (1761-1828).

Hôitsu firmly belongs to a very different Japan that was steeped in the traditions of the Edo period. However, despite Koson passing away before the Meiji period (1868-1912), he felt the pangs of Japanese modernization and the changing nature of art concerning new ideas entering the country.

The influence of Hôitsu especially impacted Koson during his informative years. However, despite being steeped in Rinpa art he would develop a more freestyle form of art. Indeed, some indicate that he was a bridge to the early Nihonga movement that flourished after the first few decades of the Meiji period.

Koson created adorable flower and plant art pieces with his own distinctive features. Of course, others were more steeped in the traditions of Rinpa and less innovative. Yet, his potent style when came to light was extremely noticeable.

He also excelled at ink painting. This fact enabled Koson to expand on different themes. While during his last few years he published two books that highlighted the artistic works of Kôrin and Hôitsu.


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