Dragon and Tiger

The Dragon and the Tiger are opposing, yet complimentary, forces within Japanese mythology. Together they represent the Yin and the Yang of the universe. They are often shown flanking paintings of a Buddhist deity. Such opposites were popular within Zen Buddhism. Before entering our collection these scrolls needed conservation and remounting. During this process, papers […]

Spring, Summer and Winter Landscapes

Kawabata Gyokusho was born in Kyoto but moved to Tokyo in 1866 to briefly study Western style painting with the English artist Charles Wirgman (1832-1891). In 1890 he was appointed professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he taught the traditional Japanese Shijo style of painting. Mt. Fuji was one of his subjects. […]