• KAZAN – A Superb Imagination at Work (in Miyagi)

    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