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Suzuki Shônen (1848−1918)
Shijô
Wren amidst snow
Signed: Rôryûkan Shônen Senshi hitsu
Seals: Shônen, .. ko (top) & Ihen hyôshin zaigyoku .. (bottom)
Technique: sumi, some yellow and gofun on paper 126 x 29,8
Mounting: bronze damask and beige silk
white ceramic rollers by Rokubei V? rollers, 211 x 43,2
Box: signed (and bearing a date at the bottom of the winter of 1909)
Condition: very good

Shônen’s life-style is reflected in his paintings: bold and full of self-confidence.
He was the son and pupil of the Kyôto Shijô artist Suzuki Hyakunen (1825-1891). At a very early age he already achieved great skill and worked in a spontaneous, bold and impromptu manner. In 1881 he succeeded Kônô Bairei (1844-1895) at the Kyôto Art Academy, teaching Northern Chinese painting, where he taught until 1888. In 1886 he also started teaching at the Kyôto Prefectural School of painting, the same school he attended as a pupil. In his later years Shônen was an extremely influential person in the Kyôto art circles.

Reference:
Roberts p. 167
Araki p. 2792
Aburai. p. 218
Morioka & Berry ‘99 p. 106-111 (# 16-17)
Morioka & Berry ‘08 p. (# 69)

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