Hon'ami Kōetsu

1558 - Feb 27, 1637

Hon'ami Kōetsu was a Japanese craftsman, potter, lacquerer, and calligrapher, whose work is generally considered to have inspired the founding of the Rinpa school of painting.
Robert Hughes of Time Asia wrote that in Japan Kōetsu is "a national treasure several times over, about as famous there as Benvenuto Cellini is in the West", even though in the United States he is "scarcely known".
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