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A painting shop *eya ŠG‰® or atelier founded by Soutatsu @’B (?-1640?), who is thought to have been from the wealthy merchant class of Kyoto. Soutatsu also was one of the founders of the *Rinpa —Ô”h painting school. Soutatsu enjoyed a good reputation in Kyoto in the early 17c and produced a broad range of popular works that were sold at the shop. These works included fans, screens, paper decorated with underpainting for calligraphy, shell painting, and stencils for dying textiles, as well as paintings known as Tawaraya pictures, tawaraya-e •U‰®ŠG. Many of these works still exist. The *Inen ˆÉ”N seal used by Soutatsu was also used by many of his followers.
Tawaraya is also the name used by Soutatsu's follower, Tawaraya Sousetsu •U‰®@á (active mid-17c). Hired by the Maeda ‘O“c family in 1642 as an official painter, Sousetsu was moved from Kyoto to Kanazawa ‹à‘ò, where he probably established a workshop. Many screens of flowers and grasses that can still be found in the Kanazawa area are associated with this workshop. The key works of Sousetsu's career are the paired screens of Chrysanthemum, Autumn Grasses Akikusa-zu H‘} and Dragon and Tiger Ryuuko-zu —´ŒÕ}. Sousetsu is thought to have died in 1644 and was probably succeeded by Kitagawa Sousetsu Šì‘½ì‘Šà (active mid-17c). A large numbers of screens from this atelier were produced until the end of the Edo period .
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