Yokoyama Taikan

Yokoyama Taikan: An Artist Remembered

— Satyasri Ukil

Monochrome reproduction of Japanese landscape with trees and boat by Yokoyama Taikan
Photo: Mukul Dey Archives
This article is reprinted from ‘Art & Deal’, March-April, 2001.

To get a perspective on Yokoyama Taikan and his role and influence in starting the revivalist / nationalist art movement in Bengal in the first decade of the last century, it would be fit to start the inquiry at the event of Okakura Kakuzo’s visit to the house of the Jorasanko Tagores in the year 1902.

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Yokoyama Taikan: As I Knew Him

— Mukul Dey

 Pen-n-ink sketch ofYokoyama Taikan by Mukul Dey, Japan 1916
Photo: Mukul Dey Archives
This three-page, typed and unpublished article, entitled ‘Yokoyama Taikan: As I Knew Him’ by Mukul Dey was found in two parts: The first two pages being found in May 1996 and the rest in December 2000 among Dey’s papers in Santiniketan. The article  was dated May 19, 1958, the year Yokoyama Taikan passed away.

As a young artist pupil of the Tagore family I was so fortunate as to be invited to join Gurudev’s party on his lecture tour to America in 1916. On the way we decided to visit Japan in order to meet again the famous Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan, who had been to India soon after 1900.

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