decorative art

decorative art

Japan Spirit and Form #5: The Rimpa School

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“The Rimpa School Crosses the Ocean” is the fifth episode of the 1989 NHK series, “Japan: Spirit and Form” and it devotes even more of its running time to images of art than any of its predecessors. The emphasis is on the Rimpa School, which flourished in Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries and had a great influence on the Art Nouveau movement in Paris at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The Rimpa School is described this way: “The Rimpa School stylized and simplified forms of nature into a decorative art that had a practical purpose.” Three artists in particular are singled out: Ogata Korin, Hon-ami Koetsu, and Tawaraya Sotatsu. Series host Shuichi Kato visits France with stops in both Paris, the scene of the groundbreaking Paris Exposition of 1878, where Japan had a pavilion, and Nancy, where Emile Galle created a number of Japanese-inspired glass works. Anthropologist Claude Lévi Strauss is briefly interviewed in French (with English subs.) about his admiration for the Rimpa School. The episode opens and closes with scenes of contemporary Japanese craftsmen creating a massive stage curtain in the Rimpa style.