Rimpa Exhibition19 SUZUKI KIITSU：STANDARD-BEARER OF THE EDO RIMPA SCHOOL
Jan 3, 2017 (tue) – Feb 19, 2017 (sun)
Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more
Access: 6-3 Saishoji-cho Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00（entry up to 30 minutes before closing.）
Closed: Monday (or Tuesdays when Monday falls on a national holiday)
Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858) is a painter of the Edo Rimpa school, who was active in the late Edo period.
Rimpa was established in Kyoto by Hon’ami Ko- etsu and Tawaraya So- tatsu in the early Edo period and Ogata Ko- rin, Ogata Kenzan, and others in the mid-Edo period. In the late Edo period, Sakai Hoitsu revived the Rimpa style in Edo. Adding new tastes and refi nement, he established a new style called “Edo Rimpa.” Kiitsu was known as Hoitsu’s most prominent pupil.
While inheriting the ornate tradition of Rimpa, Kiitsu’s artistic style was characterized by vivid coloring, bold compositions, and opulent designs and was overflowing with a novelty that is still recognized to this day. He brought his versatililty into full play painting a variety of subjects including genre paintings, Buddhist paintings, and auspicious paintings and also working on fans, kites, battledores, and votive wooden tablets. Furthermore, Kiitsu trained his own son Suzuki Shuitsu and many other pupils, encouraging them to hand down the Rimpa style that continues to the present. Indeed, Kiitsu played a spectacular role as a standard-bearer for Edo Rimpa.
This catalogue was edited to accompany Suzuki Kiitsu: Standard-Bearer of the Edo Rimpa School, the exhibition taking place at Suntory Museum of Art, Himeji City Museum of Art, and Hosomi Museum. We hope you will enjoy the diversity of Kiitsu’s achievements as a painter through both the exhibition and this catalogue.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the owners of the works for their understanding and agreement to exhibit their precious works and all others concerned for their cooperation in realizing this exhibition.