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A painting technique in which pale black ink *sumi –n or a color (including gold or silver) is brushed onto an area of a painting, and then, either darker sumi or the same or a contrasting color is dropped into the first before it has completely dried, creating an effect of pooled colors with softly blurred edges. Although the technique probably originated in Chinese ink painting as early as mid-8c (see *hatsuboku ”¬–n technique), the first Japanese painter to consistently use it was Tawaraya Soutatsu •U‰®@’B (?-1640?). Two decorative Soutatu examples are his ink paintings of Oxen Ushi-zu ‹}, Choumyouji ’¸–­Ž› and the colored screens of Gods of Wind and Thunder Fuujin Raijin-zu •—_—‹_}, Kenninji ŒšmŽ›, both in Kyoto. Ogata Kourin ”öŒ`Œõ—Ô (1658-1716) brilliantly employed the technique in The Red and White Plum Screens Kouhakubai-zu g”’”~} (ca 1714/5), Museum of Art MOA in Shizuoka prefecture, by adding green pigment *rokushou —ΐ to the black of the tree trunks to create an effect of patches of moss. The tarashikomi technique continued to be used by Soutatsu's followers, and by *Rinpa —Ô”h members in 18- 19c.
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