Moon at Izura
This work renders a scenic cove facing the Pacific Ocean at Izura, Ibaraki prefecture. Okakura Tenshin (1862-1913), the father of modern Japanese art, based the activities of the Japan Art Institute in this area together with Taikan (the painter of this work) and his fellow artists. Tenshin often meditated at the hexagonal pavilion on the cliff. Completed after Tenshin’s death, this painting suggests Taikan’s longing for his mentor.