Takada Ryouzan, his works and history

Takada Ryozan, his works

colored and gold plate with distant view of Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture is drawn on a large plate (platter) using a bird’s-eye view. As for the pictures of Itsukushima Shrine,  (continued)



colored and gold plate with figures and scenery in panels

A fan-shaped panel is cut off in the center, and five panels are placed around it. Although the figure and landscape are not decorated in the panel, (continued)


Takada Ryozan, his history

Takada Ryozan 高田 嶺山

born in 1873, died in 1934.

Takada Ryozan started porcelain painting while watching his father’s work at the age of 10 because his father run a kiln in Onagano, Terai Village since 1863. After that, he studied under Kanashima Ganryo (details unknown), and received a character from his master’ name, so, he was called as “Ryozan”.

It is said that Takada Ryozan had outstanding skill in drawing contours in ink, which was one of the basic techniques of painting kutani, and at the same time, he studied the Western paints that were actively used at that time, and then was able to master both Japanese and Western paints. It is said that his porcelain painting was similar to a landscape painting. In addition, some of his works are well based on daily life, such as drawings of stories and rice field work, and some have a strong painting-like taste.