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Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Considered the father of modern design in Japan, Sekka combined the historic Japanese tradition known as Rinpa with his own innovations to create timeless yet modern designs.

Early life

Born in Kyoto, Sekka began studying painting at the age of sixteen. In 1910, Sekka studied in Glasgow as part of a government policy to revive traditional Japanese arts by adding modern elements. Art Nouveau became a major influence in his work. On his return, he began teaching at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, influencing many younger artists and revitalizing traditional craft forms in Kyoto.

Woodblock printing

Considered Sekka's greatest masterpiece, "A World of Things" (Momoyogusa) was released in three woodblock volumes in 1909. Unsodo published these beautiful prints using the finest quality printing techniques and embellishments such as mica and embossing.

Sekka’s designs incorporate traditional Rinpa techniques and subjects, such as flat planes of color and the the use of mica and gold and silver leaf, with innovative and elegant compositions. Sekka also designed two other woodblock series for Unsodo, "A Thousand Grasses" (Chigusa) in 1899, and "A Thousand Butterflies" (Cho senshu), published in 1904.

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Suminoe by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Suminoe


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)


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Cowherd by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Cowherd


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)


Beautiful large Rinpa design
$435.00 Fixed Price
The Thunder God Raijin by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

The Thunder God Raijin


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

$545.00 Fixed Price
White Heron by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

White Heron


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

$545.00 Fixed Price
Chrysanthemums by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Chrysanthemums


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

$435.00 Fixed Price
Yoshino Cherry Trees by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Yoshino Cherry Trees


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

$545.00 Fixed Price
The Six Poetry Immortals by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

The Six Poetry Immortals


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

$435.00 Fixed Price
Morning Glories by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Morning Glories


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

$435.00 Fixed Price
Hydrangeas by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Hydrangeas


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)


Beautiful large Rinpa design with silver mica detail
$485.00 Fixed Price
Pine Grove by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Pine Grove


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)


Beautiful large Rinpa design
$435.00 Fixed Price
Errand of an Emperor from Ise Monogatari by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Errand of an Emperor from Ise Monogatari


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)


Beautiful large Rinpa design
$435.00 Fixed Price
Irises by Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)

Irises


Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)


Beautiful large Rinpa design with silver mica detail
$545.00 Fixed Price