New Book | Ogata Korin: Art in Early Modern Japan

Posted in books by Editor on December 23, 2021

From Yale UP:

Frank Feltens, Ogata Kōrin: Art in Early Modern Japan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002), 240 pages, ISBN: 978-0300256918, $60.

A lush portrait introducing one of the most important Japanese artists of the Edo period

Best known for his paintings Irises and Red and White Plum Blossoms, Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) was a highly successful artist who worked in many genres and media—including hanging scrolls, screen paintings, fan paintings, lacquer, textiles, and ceramics. Combining archival research, social history, and visual analysis, Frank Feltens situates Kōrin within the broader art culture of early modern Japan. He shows how financial pressures, client preferences, and the impulse toward personal branding in a competitive field shaped Kōrin’s approach to art-making throughout his career. Feltens also offers a keen visual reading of the artist’s work, highlighting the ways Korin’s artistic innovations succeeded across media, such as his introduction of painterly techniques into lacquer design and his creation of ceramics that mimicked the appearance of ink paintings. This book, the first major study of Korin in English, provides an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of one of Japan’s most significant artists.

Frank Feltens is Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.


Note to the Reader

1  Before Painting: Ogata Kōrin and His Turn to Art
2  Of Poets and Flowers: Kōrin’s Early Paintings
3  Art and Family: Kōrin’s Lacquer Works and Hon’ami Kōetsu
4  Heading East: Kōrin in Edo
5  Beyond Ink: Ceramics by Kōrin and Kenzan
6  Toward the End: Kōrin’s Late Work


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