Yokoyama Taikan

Yokoyama Taikan was born in Ibaraki Prefecture.
After studying Japanese painting at the Tokyo Fine Art School, he helped establish the Japan Art Institute.
He dedicated himself to the creation of new Japanese painting techniques.
Making full use of his English skills, Taikan actively held exhibitions in many foreign countries, in India, Europe and the United States.
Through the experience, in 1914, he renewed the Japan Art Institute.
He received the first Order of Culture, and was a leader of the Japanese art world for a long time.

Autumn Leaves

1931 163.3×361.0 cm(each)
With its depiction of ripples of platinum‐tinged mud and deep red maple leaves on running water that has been colored ultramarine, this work shows the limpid nature of autumn.
It is the largest and greatest of Taikan’s works in the Adachi Museum collection, and it is brought out every year for the special autumn exhibition.


1897 75.4×46.7 cm
Known as the masterpiece that made a name for Taikan when he was 29 years old. “Selflessness” means achieving enlightenment in Zen Buddhism. Taikan represented enlightenment by drawing an innocent child.
An innovative idea that became the talk of Japanese society.

Mountain after a Shower

1940 81.2×114.3 cm
A scroll from Taikan’s Ten Scenes of Mt. Fuji and Ten Scenes of the Sea series painted in 1940, and said to be one of his best five India ink paintings. The mountain range depicted as a rain shower clears creates a flowing sensation; behind this, soaring in majesty, is Mt. Fuji.

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