These images are all part of Kamisaka Sekka’s Momoyagusa (A World of Things), a collection that is considered his woodblock masterpiece. Sekka worked in the waning Rinpa style, also called Rimpa. In an effort to modernize and Westernize, Japan offered traditional artists incentives to skillfully fuse modern tastes with tradition. Sekka succeeds. His final works are a perfect balance of traditional Japanese subject matter and modern style.
Photo Credit: Sekka, Kamisaka. Momoyogusa = Flowers of a Hundred Generations, 1909-1910. Courtesy of NYPL Digital Gallery.