The Last Tosa: Iwasa Katsumochi Matabei, Bridge to Ukiyo-e
Iwasa Katsumochi Matabei (1578-1650) is one of the most controversial figures in Japanese art history. Was he, as he asserted, the last Tosa (the Yamato-e school), or the founder of Ukiyo-e, the style of painting associated with the urban commoner class? This text discusses both arguments.
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