Tawaraya Sotatsu (? - ?)
Sotatsu is regarded as the founder of the Rinpa School along with Ogata
However, the Rinpa is the nominal designation at modern times, and, the
painters who personally adored and followed Sotatsu and Korin (such as
Sakai Hoitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu) are now categorized as the Rinpa painters.
They never thought that they were belonging to the Rinpa School.
Even though Sotatsu is a giant in the Japanese art world, the date of his
birth and death are unknown.
Now, it is estimated that Sotatsu was born around 1570s or a little bit
Sotatsu operated a craft center in Kyoto whose shop name was "Tawaraya".
(It is believed that Sotatsu's surname was Nonomura".)
Painters at the craft center depicted paintings of Japanese fans, Byobu
folding screens and others, and those products sold very well.
Sotatsu also colloaborated with the great artist Honami Koetsu of the Same
One of the exploits of Sotatsu is that he developed the Suiboku ink painting
which came from China, to Japanese individual.
He devised the "Tarashikomi" bleeding method and succeeded in
giving depth to painting objects.
Sotatsu was ordained as high as Hokkyo rank even though he was a public
It is thought that he deceased in the Kanei era (1624-1645) of the Tokugawa
After his death, Tawaraya Sosetsu (younger brother or disciple) succeeded
to his craft center.