Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) was an important artistic figure in early twentieth-century Japan. Born in Kyoto to a Samurai family, his talents for art and design were recognized early. He eventually allied himself with the traditional Rimpa school of art. He is considered the last great proponent of this artistic tradition. Sekka also worked in lacquer and in a variety of other media.
In 1901, Sekka was sent by the Japanese government to Glasgow where he was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau. While he sticks to traditional Japanese subject matter, and some elements of Rimpa painting, the overall effect is very Western and modern.