Bairei Kono, Pear and Waxwing, Bird and Flower Print

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Bairei Kono (1844-1895)
Title: Pear and Waxwing
Series title: Bairei's Album of Flower & Birds
Publisher: Okura Magohei
Date: 1883
Size: 36.7 x 23.9 cm
Condition: Backed, hole on the left, slightly trimmed, wear and soiling, partly pigment spotted.

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
Dimensions36.7 x 23.9 cm
Condition ReportBacked, hole on the left, slightly trimmed, wear and soiling, partly pigment spotted.