Biography Suzuki, Shônen 鈴木, 松年 (1849 - 1918)
Suzuki Shōnen was born in 1849 as the son of Suzuki Hyakunen, a leading painter of the Shijō school in Kyoto. Due to his father’s position, and his great talent, which was apparent from an early age, he was able to attend school at the imperial palace. After that he went to the Kyoto Prefectural. School of painting. Shōnen never worked from preliminary sketches (shita-e), but painted quickly and directly, in a bold, individual style. Considering his highly individualistic nature it is not surprising he made a private study of western painting methods.
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Some of his best-known subjects are: landscapes, kacho-e, pine trees, and some traditional and Buddhist subjects.
From 1881 to 1888 he taught Chinese painting at the Northern division of the Kyoto Art Academy, taking the position vacated by Kōno Bairei. From 1886 he also taught at the Kyoto Prefectural School of painting. Especially in his later years he had great influence in the Kyoto art-world.
His best known pupils are Shoshu Saito and Kimura Konen.
He died in 1918.