[DESIGN] Taniguchi Kokyo. KORIN GAFU. Kyoto, Tanaka Jihei, Meiji 24 . Large 28.6 x 39.6 cm oblong tassel-bound album of color woodblock prints, lavishly printed with bokashi shading, metallic inks, etc. Kokyo (1864-1918) had been a student of Kono Bairei and by the late 1880s had undertaken serious study of the legacy of Rimpa style. He was allowed by the descendants of Sakai Ho-itsu to see and copy some wonderful original Ogata Korin paintings that remained in the family. Those copies formed the basis of the 12 designs in this book and heralded the true beginnings of the Rimpa design revival in Kyoto, a movement developed further by such artists as Kamisaka Sekka and Furya Korin and printer/publishers such as Unkindo and Unsodo. The covers are mica patterned with the original printed title label, in good condition. The front cover of the original clasped publisher's chitsu has been rescued and remounted on a rebuilt chitsu. Internally very good, the printing is exquisite. A very important and unusual work in the history of the development of design in Kyoto in the late 19th century. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: KO^RIN GAFU
Publication Date: 1891
Book Condition: Good
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