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Pine Tree / Shōnen Suzuki - Matsu
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- Shōnen Suzuki
Shonen Suzuki (鈴木松年, 1848-1918) was a Japanese-style painter. Born and lived in Kyoto. Son and pupil of Hyakunen Suzuki. Teach at the Kyoto-fu Gagakko (Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting) from 1881 to 1888. Specialized in landscapes and kachoga flowers & birds paintings. Painted a dragon in the main building of the Tenryu-ji temple. His pupils were Shoen Uemura, Shosen Suzuki, Bakusen Tsuchida, Koen Niwayama, Shodo Yukawa, etc.
- 1882: Won a prize at the 1st Naikoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai exhibition.
- 1884: Won a prize at the 2nd Naikoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai exhibition.
- 1890: Won a prize at the 3rd Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai exhibition.
- 1895: Won a prize at the 4th Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai exhibition.
- 1900: Received the bronze award at the Paris Universal Exposition.
- 600mm x 1900mm
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- Artificial Ivory
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- JPY 126,000
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Shōnen Suzuki received a training from his father, Hyakunen Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki school of painting, yet he seems not to have appreciated being taught by his father. In his early career, although his talent was undervalued, possibly because of his father’s fame, he succeeded in being accredited with his prolificacy in organising impromptu painting gatherings at the age of 22 where he managed to paint one thousand paintings a day according to guests’ demands. The artist’s pseudonym was renamed ‘Shōnen’ when he was 32, which is derived from an auspicious saying of Zen Buddhism, ‘the pine tree, a thousand years of green’. His determination to exceed his father Hyakunen (literally meaning ‘one hundred years’) can be observed through his new name.
Shōnen often painted pine trees, which are related to his name, throughout his career and this is one of those. Rough surfaces of the pine tree are successfully depicted with swift brushworks and a minimal number of brushstrokes. The mount fabric, woven in a pine needle pattern, adds extra profoundness to the work.