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Suzuki Shônen (1848-1918)
Shijô
Wren and old pine covered with snow
Signed: Rôryûkan Shônen Senshi hitsu
Seals: Shônen, .. (top) & Ichihen hyôshin zaigyoku .. (bottom)
Technique: sumi, some yellow and gofun on paper 126 x 29.8
Date: Winter of 1909 (at the bottom)
Mounting: bronze damask and beige silk
white ceramic rollers by Rokubei IV (1847-1920) rollers, 211 x 43.2
Box: signed Rôryûkan Shônen Senshi dai [seal:] Shônen
Condition: very good

Box inscription outside: 雪中老松圖 Yukinaka oimatsu zu, Old pine covered with snow
[signed:] 老龍館松年僊史題「印」松年 Rôryûkan Shônen Senshi dai [seal:} Shônen
bottom: .... Meiji 42 fuyu, Winter of 1909

Shônen’s life-style is reflected in his paintings: bold and full of self-confidence.
He was the son and pupil of the Kyoto 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 Kôno 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
Morioka & Berry ‘08

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