Taikan Painting Found, to Be Exhibited after 100 Years (News)


Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Buddhist painting by renowned Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958) has been found after being missing for some 100 years, and will be shown in public next year, according to MOMAT, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

The painting, Byakue Kannon (Kannon in White), is a portrait of the Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteśvara). It will be put on show at the museum and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto in an exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the artist of Japanese-style painting, said MOMAT.

The rediscovered work, drawn in 1908, is about 140 centimeters high and 113 centimeters wide, and depicts a female figure in Indian style. A monochrome photograph of it appeared in a book of Taikan's paintings published in 1912, but the work later went missing.

Yokoyama Taikan's Byakue Kannon (1908; private collection). (Courtesy MOMAT; © Jiji)

Recently, however, the painting's owner informed MOMAT of its whereabouts.

"As it was drawn in Taikan's trial-and-error period, the painting is distinctive from his other works, as can be observed in the slightly unusual proportions of the figure," said Tsurumi Kaori, chief researcher at MOMAT. The painting is a major work and it is likely that the painter had confidence in it, Tsurumi said.

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