Daijyoji Temple
Digital Museum of the Maruyama School

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The works at Daijyo-ji have been said to be Ohkyo's gift to repay the kindness of chief priest who assisted the young artist in times of need. The paintings took eight years to complete.


Letter of Ohkyo
Ohkyo has been called the father of the sketch and has contributed greatly to the modernization of Japanese painting. The reason for such high acclaim lies in his distinctive approach to the pictorial surface, which transformed the mere surface painting of forms to a deeper examination and understanding of the basic structures of objects.

After his death, this approach to painting was passed on to the Maruyama sect and Shijyo Maruyama sect.
Many of Ohkyo's pupils, who also demonstrated their artistic talents at Daijyo-ji, went on to succeed the Maruyama sect or to establish their own after Ohkyo's death.

At Daijyo-ji, one could see the works they produced during their apprenticeships. Ohkyo's pupils produced a wide variety of works, using different methods and techniques. However, as log as they understood the basic structures of the objects they depicted, they ultimately all purposed the same goal. This goal was the same as Ohkyo's: to capture the actual spatial circumstances that surround the objects.

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