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42. Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958)
Nihonga
Amekôkasumine, rising fog between the peaks after the rain
Signed: Taikan (in gold)
Seals: Shôkotôshu
Technique: sumi on silk 44.2 x 50.4
Date: c. 1955
Mounting: grey beige brocade and light brown silk
ivory rollers, 142 x 65
Box: signed double box
Condition: lightly soiled? otherwise very good

Taikan was born in Mito city, Ibaraki, the eldest son in an ex-samurai family of Mito-clan. In 1878, the family moved to Tokyo where he became interested in English and Western painting in high school. He received painting lessons from Kanô Hôgai (1828-1888). When he enrolled at the Tokyo Academy in 1889, he had just opened and was led by Tenshin. He studied with Hashimoto Gahō (1835-1908).
In a way, the beginning of Taikan's career runs synchronously with that of his friend Shunsô. From 1909, when Taikan became a jury member at the Bunten, he started painting in a mix of different styles. In 1914 he left the Bunten with Shimomura Kanzan (1873-1930) and started the Inten. In the twenties, critics led his work to many discussions, but at the same time inspired many artists.

Reference:
Conant ‘95 p. 333
and a huge number of monographs

Price: EUR 6,000 / USD 6,900