Bairei Kono, Green Pheasant and Peach Blossoms, Four Seasons, Album of Flowers and Birds


Artist: Bairei Kono (1844-1894)
Title: Green Pheasant and Peach Blossoms
Series title: Four Seasons, Bairei’s Album of Flowers and Birds(楳嶺花鳥画譜 春夏秋冬)
Publisher: Okura Magobei
Date: 1899
Size: 36.9 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.

Bairei Kono

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.



More Information
Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistBairei Kono
SubjectAnimal & Birds, Flowers & Botanical
Dimensions36.9 x 25.1 cm
Condition ReportBinding holes on the right, light foxing on the bottom, slightly discoloured, paper residue on the back.
SeriesBairei's Album of Flowers and Birds