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KAZAN - A Superb Imagination at Work


The late Edo period painter Yokoyama Kazan (1781/4–1837) was active in Kyoto. Kazan remained unaffiliated and unswayed by painting world trends throughout his career, choosing instead to create his own free painting style and brushwork methods drawn from various traditions and styles. This approach won favor with the audiences of the day.

The Yokoyama family interacted with Soga Shōhaku. Kazan’s early opportunities to directly experience Shōhaku’s works led to his own personal study of Shōhaku’s paintings.

After studying under Ganku, he broadened his experience by studying the works of Goshun and adopting painting methods from various schools. These diverse experiences allowed him to freely choose brushwork styles that suited each occasion’s painting theme. Arranging even the most traditional of subjects in boldly new compositions, his brushwork’s modern, at times Western style could even be mistaken for Meiji or later works. Kazan reached his pinnacle achievement in his genre scenes and images of festivals, particularly thanks to their eyecatchingly accurate and detailed depiction of their subjects.

Kazan’s works greatly influenced other Edo period painters and he was known throughout Japan during his lifetime. After his death his son Yokoyama Kakei and his students Nakajima Kayō and Ozawa Kagaku carried on his painting style, establishing an independent position as the Yokoyama school within the Kyoto painting world. Kazan’s name appears in comparative listings of painters and in the novels of Natsume Sōseki, indicating how well known he was in the Meiji to Taishō periods. His talents were early recognized by researchers and collectors overseas, with many of his works today found in museums in America and Europe.

This exhibition is the first full retrospective of Kazan’s works, presenting examples from his earliest period to his final years and examining the diversity of his oeuvre in painting genre groupings. This display will spotlight all aspects of Kazan’s fascinating world, which despite his earlier fame is less known today. Along with its concurrent presentation of works by Soga Shōhaku and Kazan’s own students, the exhibition will also feature works from overseas collections, many making their debut appearance in a Japanese exhibition.



20th April , 2019 - 23rd June , 2019
* There will be the changes of exhibits during the exhibition.


9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. * Ticket counter closes at 16:30


Monday (except for 29th April, 6th May), 7th May

Admissiontax included

Adult: 1300 yen
Students: 1100 yen
Elementary / Junior high school / high school students: 650 yen

Advance ticket and Group ticket prices

Adult: 1100 yen
Students: 900 yen
Elementary / Junior high school / High school students: 500 yen

Advance ticket sales place

Ticket counter of The Miyagi Museum of Art, Fujisaki, Mitsukoshi Sendai, Ticket Pia (P Code:768-517), Lawson (L Code: 21981), Seven-Eleven, E-plus, NISSENREN Customer Center (AER 9F), NISSENREN Terrace (SELVA), Kahoku Shimpo Shops, Miyagi Prefecture Office’s Shop 1F

Organized by

The Miyagi Museum of Art, KAHOKU SHIMPO PUBLISHING CO., Sendai Television Incorporated, Nikkei Inc.

With assistance from


Co-sponsored by

Nozaki Insatsu Shigyo Co., Ltd.

Nominal support

The Sendai Municipal Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Sendai Station), Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Television Miyagi Network Co., Ltd., HIGASHI NIPPON BROADCASTING Co.,Ltd., Sendai FM, Sakuranbo Television Broadcasting Corporation



The Daoist Immortal Liu Haichan (Gama Sennin)
Private Collection

Queen Mother of the West (Seiōbo)
Private Collection

Golden Pheasant and Peach Blossoms;
Cats and Morning Glories

Sennyuji Temple

Shirakawa in Yamashiro
1813 (Bunka 10)
Private Collection

Night Parade of the One Hundred Demons
Private Collection

Gion Festival Handscrolls, 1st scroll (detail) 
1835-7(tenpō 6-8)
 Private Collection

Gion Festival Handscrolls, 2nd scroll (detail) 
1835-7(tenpō 6-8)
 Private Collection


Safflower: Cultivation and Processing,
Right screen: 1823 (Bunsei 6), Left screen 1825 (Bunsei 8)
Yamagata Museum of Art, Hasegawa Collection 
*This work is exhibited at a limit term: 27th April (Sat.) - 6th May (Mon.), 2019

Discount Information

Discount for Repeat Visitors

Present your stub of ticket to this exhibition at reception and you can enter again with 100 yen discount. Reception staff will keep your stub. Please note that this discount cannot be used with other discounts.

Discount for Visitors to TOHOKU HISTORY MUSEUM

Present your stub of this exhibition ticket at reception of TOHOKU HISTORY MUSEUM and you can enter the special exhibition for the group rate during 19th April (fri.) to 23rd June (Sun), 2019.
Please note that this discount cannot be used with other discounts.