Relive the experience of coming face-to-face with some of the most well-loved masterworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This miniature postcard of Kano Hōgai's (Japanese, 1828–1888) Two Dragons in Clouds is complimented by a glazed finish that mimics a painterly texture. The elegant wooden frame allows your keepsake to be hung with ease.
Each framed item has been hand-framed by Furst Brothers, one of America's most prolific framers for over one hundred years. Working with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, they have paired every item with a unique setting in a complimentary color, texture, and wood.
About the work
This highly naturalistic rendering of two intertwining dragons glistening amidst the clouds represents a bold experiment in adapting Western techniques to traditional Japanese ink painting. Kanö Högai derived the sense of depth and three-dimensional perspective seen here from the Western oil paintings that were newly introduced in late nineteenth-century Japan, while the subtle gradations of ink tones and calligraphic clarity of the lines reflect his training in Japanese brush painting. The subject of dragons was a popular one in Japanese painting, but the combination of an adult with a young dragon is unusual and may have been inspired by the mother and child theme that Högai was using in his Buddhist paintings, which in turn were based on Western depictions of the Madonna and Child. This dramatic, large-scale work was painted for Högai's friend and patron Ernest F. Fenollosa, an American who encouraged the revival of the Kanö school of Japanese artists in the late nineteenth century. It is one of an important group of works from Fenollosa's collection now owned by the Museum.
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