Mt. Horai By Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)

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Lot 3085
Mt. Horai
By Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)

Sold for US$ 16,470 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

16 Sep 2009, 14:00 EDT

New York

Mt. Horai
By Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)
Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk; signed Sekka hitsu and sealed Sekka

With tomobako inscribed Horaito zu and sealed Sekka hitsu with kao 52 1/2 x 17in (133.4 x 43.2cm)

Footnotes

  • Kamisaka Sekka was both a painter and craftsman who continued the Rimpa School painting tradition into the 20th century. He traveled twice to Europe to study Western-style painting. While his feet were planted firmly in the Rimpa tradition, Sekka was also keenly aware of the artistic movements going on in the West. Like several of his Rinpa predecessors, Sekka was involved in the design and production of textiles, which may account for the bold swaths of color in stylized form combined with a heightened sense of flatness seen in his work. In this painting, the three peaks of Mt. Horai are rendered in classic Rimpa tarashikomi and are delineated by a light ink wash. With little consideration for perspective, Sekka has layered three planes, creating soft, abstract mountain peaks.

    Mt. Horai is one of three legendary mountains where immortals are said to live.

    For similar examples of the same subject by Sekka, see Kamisakka Sekka: Rimpa Master-Pioneer of Modern Design exh. cat. (Kyoto: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 2003), no. 122.
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