Silver Wind - McKelway, Matthew - Yale University Press

Art and Architecture

Distributed for Japan Society Gallery 

Silver Wind

The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828)

  • Matthew P. McKelway; With contributions by Tadashi Kobayashi and Toshinobu Yasumura
      REVIEWS             PREVIEW             CONTENTS             EXCERPTS      

Sakai Hōitsu was one of the most prominent painters of late 18th- and early 19th-century Japan, known for technical bravura, arresting compositions, and striking use of color. After becoming a Buddhist monk, Hōitsu was able to dedicate himself to painting, establishing a studio and studying the work of Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716). Hōitsu successfully revived the earlier artist's style, which later came to be known as Rimpa, "the school of Kōrin."

The first book in English to focus exclusively on the work of this important artist, Silver Wind examines fifty-eight of Hōitsu's works and those of his predecessors and artistic heirs, ranging from scrolls and screens to fans, lacquer, and woodblock-printed books. Accompanying essays explore Hōitsu's discovery and reinterpretation of Kōrin's artistic legacy; the aesthetics of the Rimpa style; and the career of Suzuki Kiitsu, his leading student.

Matthew P. McKelway is Takeo and Itsuko Atsumi Associate Professor of Japanese Art History at Columbia University. Tadashi Kobayashi is former professor of art history at Gakushūin University, Tokyo. Toshinobu Yasumura is director of the Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo.


Japan Society Gallery(09/29/12 - 01/06/13)