Museum Hours
Thu: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Background Information

Japanese Painting: The Rinpa (or Rimpa) School

The Rinpa (or Rimpa) school originated with the artist Tawaraya Sotatsu active (1600–1640) but is named for his successor, Ogata Korin (1658–1716)—the second syllable of the name Korin forms the first in Rinpa. These artists came from the merchant class in Kyoto. They became friendly with members of the impoverished nobility and revived courtly aesthetics and themes. Like the Tosa artists they took as their favorite subjects classical literature and poetry, as well as birds and flowers of the four seasons. They are known for brilliantly colored paintings and lavish use of gold. Rinpa artists worked on every format imaginable—screens, scrolls, and fans, lacquer objects and ceramics. Their compositions often accentuate the flatness of the painting surface and emphasize pattern and design.