This is one of the pieces painted in commemoration of the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of Japan and 50th year of Taikan’s painting career. All of the ten works of mountains take the theme of Mt. Fuji, but each one is different and skillfully painted. Mt. Fuji in this work is painted realistically through careful illustration of the snow-capped peak, and shows a strong presence through the contrasting effect of the whiteness of shell white and the black of sumi ink. Meanwhile, a dragon is dancing in the gathering dark clouds. This dragon seems to have been modeled after “Nine dragons” by Chen Rong, a Chinese painter in the Southern Song Period. “Dragon and Mt.Fuji” is an interesting mix of realism and fantasy.


  • Title: Dragon and Mt. Fuji
  • Date Created: 1940
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Year of Production: 昭和15年
  • Physical Dimensions: w119.5 x h81.0 cm
  • Painter: Yokoyama Taikan
  • Object Title: 龍躍る
  • Exhibition History: 横山大観紀元二千六百年奉祝記念作品展
  • Category: 日本画
  • Artist Name: 横山大観
  • Type: Japanese Painting
  • Rights: Adachi Museum of Art, Terms & Conditions
  • Medium: ink and gold on paper / hanging scroll

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