Ogata Korin

Ogata Korin

Ogata Korin (ōgäˈtä kōˈrēn), 1658–1716, Japanese decorator and painter. He is renowned for his lacquer work and paintings on screens, decorated with bold designs and striking color contrasts, and his masterful compositional use of empty space. These works show the influence of two earlier artists, Koetsu and Sotatsu, but he departed from conventions, creating his own nearly abstract style. He also excelled as a teacher.
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Korin, Ogata


Born in 1658 in Kyoto; died in 1716. Japanese painter and master of lacquer technique.

Ogata Korin was greatly influenced by the yamatoe tradition of painting. His works (the scene from Ishe Monagatari, early 18th century, the Museum Yamato Bunkakan, Nara; the screens The Irises, second half of the 17th century, the Nezu Art Museum, Tokyo) are marked by decorative composition and an attempt to convey the sensory and material elements of nature.


Glukhareva, O. N. “Ogata Korin.” In Iskusstvo laponii Moscow, 1965. Pages 83-97.
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'Many appreciate particularly the Rimpa [paintings] of Ogata Korin (1658-1716) or Hon'ami Koetsu (1558-1637) and their followers, with their motifs from nature,' he says.
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The second generation is represented by two Kyoto merchant brothers Ogata Korin (1658-1716) and Kenzan (1663-1753), and the third generation by the samurai class artist Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) who worked in the shogunal city of Edo.
They were published for the first time in the prestigious art-historical journal Kokka at the beginning of the twentieth century: the Plum screens in 1904(Hamada, "Ogata Korin hitsu baika-zu byobu nitsuite") and the Iris screens in 1907(Hamada, "Ogata Korin hitsu kakitsubata-zu"); and both were described as exemplars of Japanese decorativeness in art.
In Writing Box With Crane Design in the Style of Ogata Korin (eighteenth century), five cranes are in flight against the wind current.
Some paintings, such as the scroll Cormorant Fishing by Ogata Korin (1658-- 1716), even depicted workers in close-up.
The school, so understood, linked four artists: Koetsu (1558-1637), swordsmith, calligrapher and potter; Sotatsu, (d 1640), a painter; Ogata Korin (1658-1716) a painter of screens, fans and pottery for whom the school was named and his brother who adopted the name of Kenzan, a decorator of pottery.
1) by Ogata Korin (1658-1716; the word Rimpa was derived from his name in the 20th century), as well as other screen paintings and hanging scrolls by later artists, such as Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) and Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858; Fig.