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Sakal Hoitsu, a son of the Lord of Himeji, was born into one of most highly aristocratic families of Japan. He first studied painting in the Kano
school, and then turned to the Rimpa school, under the influence of more delicate and decorative style of Ogata Korin, whom he strongly admired.
Hoitsu published illustrated works on Korin and gathered a large and important collection of Korin's works. Hoitsu's own work was notable for softness, delicacy, and elegance. Among his best works are exquisitely painted screens with both gold and silver backgrounds. He was also a master of the painted scroll. The scroll "Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons" (1808) is one of his most highly regarded works, as is the screen "Stream amid Summer and Autumn Flowers".