Tawaraya Sotatsu, “The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin”

(Last Updated On: 20/07/2019)

“The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin (God of Wind and Thunder)”

Tawaraya Sotatsu (?-?) was a painter in the early Edo period. He had a strong influence on Ogata Korin (1658-1716), who created the stream of Rimpa School.

The Kano School, including Kano Eitoku(1543-1590), which had the strong relationship with those in power of the warrior class since the Muromachi Period. But he painted a picture for the court nobles and wealthy townspeople.

This picture is one of his masterpieces. Tawaraya Sotatsu drew liberal lines and rich expressions of the gods. He proved that he established a free style of painting with the folding screen art.

Sotatsu made a space in the middle of the screen and placed Fujin(the god of wind) to the left and Raijin(the god of thunder) to the right. Both gods produce severe weather phenomena, but they look fun with friendly faces.

He used gold luxuriously as a background, but unlike the Kano School that emphasized strength, he created a fine atmosphere with the color.

He used a technique “Tarashikomi” to express the dynamism of the clouds on which the two gods are riding. Tarashikomi is to mix ink with silver paint. By using this technology Sotatsu gave ink movement and lightness.

Title:”The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin(God of Wind and Thunder)”

Artist:Tawaraya Sotatsu


Own:Kenninji Temple

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