Bairei Kono, Geese and Lotus, Four Seasons, Bairei’s Album of Flowers and Birds
Artist: Bairei Kono (1844-1894)
Title: Geese and Lotus
Series title: Four Seasons, Bairei’s Album of Flowers and Birds（楳嶺花鳥画譜 春夏秋冬）
Publisher: Okura Magobei
Size: 37.2 x 25.1 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Bairei Kono, also known as Bairei Yasuda, is famous for his bird and flower prints, as well as landscapes influenced by Western realism. He was born in Kyoto and worked as a painter, book illustrator and art teacher throughout his life. In this series, pairs of birds and flowers are shown throughout the seasons in natural surroundings with great beauty, skill and accuracy.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Bairei Kono|
|Title||Geese and Lotus|
|Subject||Animal & Birds, Flowers & Botanical|
|Dimensions||37.2 x 25.1 cm|
|Condition Report||Slightly discoloured, light soiling and creases, binding holes on the left, stains due to old glue on the back.|
|Series||Bairei's Album of Flowers and Birds|
Bairei Kono, ukiyo-e artist (Japanese woodblock print), also known as Bairei Yasuda, was born in Kyoto and spent his life as a painter, book illustrator, and art teacher. He is famous for woodblock prints, especially the Kacho-ga (images of birds and flowers), as well as Japanese style paintings. In his youth, he studied under Raisho Nakajima of the Maruyama school and then, with the master's permission, went on to apprentice with Bunrin Shiokawa of the Shijo school, both schools were leading the Kyoto art scene during that period. The most notable feature of Bairei's style incorporates the Western influences of realism, along with traditional techniques of the Maruyama-Shijo school.
He was well-known as an educator, being a key figure in establishing the first modern art institution, currently called Kyoto City University of Arts. He had made a significant contribution to building the foundation of the contemporary art scene. His students include Kikuchi Hobun, Taniguchi Kokyo, Takeuchi Seiho, and Tsuji Kako, who went on to become established artists.