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Designing Nature: The Rimpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art

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In terms of sheer beauty, this is a spectacular little exhibition that will doubtless draw fewer visitors than the Warhol show, but should not be missed. (Top: Monde Kogyoku, Renewal, From the Wave Series, 1990s).

Rimpa is a modern term that refers to a distinctive style that arose in Japan in the early 17th century and embraces art marked by bold graphic abbreviation of natural motifs, use of expensive mineral and metallic pigments, incorporation of calligraphy into painting and innovative brush techniques.

Kohei Nawa, PixCell Deer 24, 2011

Ninety works of art trace the development of the Rimpa style and show how it continues to influence modern artists. Fifty works are from the Met’s collection; 45 are on loan from public and private collections.

Ogata Korin, Irises at Yatsuhashi (Eight Bridges), Edo Period, after 1709

Summer Robe with Irises and Plank Bridges, Edo Period, mid-19th Century

Last Room with Rimpa Furniture and a Digital “Album” of Rimpa-Style Paintings

Photos By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 12 – January 13, 2013
Reviewed by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


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