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Kôno Bairei (1844-1895)
Hana gajô, Album of flowers
Signed: Kidôga .. Bairei Senshi
Seals: Naotoyo no in, Bôshin
Technique: sumi on paper 29,8 x 18,3
Date: 1885
Condition: worn and aged, still fair

1 single and 13 double page paintings. Ochre damask covers

Bairei was one of the most important painters in Kyôto during the Meiji period.

At the age of eight Bairei started as a pupil in the Maruyama studio of Nakajima Raishô (1796-1871); and with Shiokawa Bunrin (1801-1877) he studied the Shijô style of painting. Trying to become an even more complete artist he also studied the Nanga style with Nakanishi Kôseki (1807-1884) and Maeda Chôdô (1817-1878). Bairei, Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) and Tanomura Chokunyû (1814-1907) established the Kyôto Prefectural School of Painting in 1880. Together with Suzuki Hyakunen (1825-1891) he became the head of the Kanô section. Perhaps Bairei's importance lies primarily in the fact that he was an inspired teacher. He taught some of the most talented painters active in the first decades of the 20th century.

Shiga 1990
Roberts p. 8
Araki p. 2263
Conant p. 310-311
Hillier p. 355-356