About This Project

Ranch in the Highlands


Beginning the last year of the Taisho era (1925), I often visited Mt. Akagi and studied horses. The mountain area had a lake and natural forests, and it was comparatively easy to hike. I spent one summer with Shin Kurihara, a member of Niki, who took me out on the lake and taught me how to row a Japanese-style boat. This artwork is the largest among my oil paintings, and is the consummative result of my horse study. At the Imperial Exhibit it was displayed in the room for senior artists. I received a compliment from the independent artist Toshi Shimizu, and my piece received a distinction. After the exhibit this artwork was displayed in the main conference room at Metropolitan High School in Kakinokizaka, Tokyo, until the end of the school’s existence.

Oil on canvas

44 1/2 x 63 3/4 in.

Nature, Oil Paintings