Dog and Snail by Kamisaka Sekka - 1909-1910 - 30 x 44.8 cm private collection Dog and Snail by Kamisaka Sekka - 1909-1910 - 30 x 44.8 cm private collection

Dog and Snail

color woodcut • 30 x 44.8 cm
  • Kamisaka Sekka - 1866 - 1942 Kamisaka Sekka 1909-1910

Kamisaka Sekka was an important artistic figure in early 20th-century Japan. Born in Kyoto to a Samurai family, his talents for art and design were recognized early. He eventually allied himself with the traditional Rinpa (Rimpa) school of art. He is considered the last great proponent of this artistic tradition.

As traditional Japanese styles became unfashionable (such as Rimpa style), Japan implemented policies to promote the country's unique artistic style by upgrading the status of traditional artists who infused their craft with a dose of modernism. In 1901, Sekka was sent by the Japanese government to Glasgow where he was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau. He sought to learn more about the Western attraction to Japonism, and which elements or facets of Japanese art would be more attractive to the West. Returning to Japan, he taught at the newly opened Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts; experimented with Western tastes, styles, and methods; and incorporated them into his otherwise traditional Japanese-style works. While he sticks to traditional Japanese subject matter, and some elements of Rimpa painting, the overall effect is very Western and modern. He uses bright colors in large swaths, his images seeming on the verge of being patterns rather than proper pictures of a subject; the colors and patterns seem almost to pop, giving the paintings an almost three-dimensional quality.

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