Kamisaka Sekka

Kamisaka Sekka (Japanese 1866-1942)
Plum Tree with Poem Slip, from World of Things, 1909-10
Color woodblock print
Private Collection

Kamisaka Sekka worked in the Rinpa tradition of art, which emphasized design and historical or natural motifs rather than depictions of contemporary life. World of Things consists of sixty individual prints bound in three volumes. In these volumes Sekka blended traditional Rinpa patterns with his knowledge of Art Nouveau to craft his series, widely hailed as his greatest creative accomplishment.