About the artist
Ogata Kōrin, a well known artist from 1658 to 1716, achieved success across various media, with standout works including "Irises" and "Red and White Plum Blossoms". Known for his versatility, Kōrin incorporated his craft into hanging scrolls, screen and fan paintings, lacquer, textiles, and ceramics. Not only did he use everyday items like round fans, makie writing boxes, and inrō medicine cases as his canvas, but he also infused his work with innovative paint techniques, including those applied to lacquer designs and ceramics that mimicked ink paintings. Kōrin breathed new life into the Rinpa school of Japanese painting, leading to the term "Rinpa" synonymous with his name. His influence extended to Sakai Hōitsu, who replicated many of Kōrin's works. Throughout Kōrin's career, financial constraints, client tastes, and a competitive art scene greatly influenced his creative process.