A fine painting with Buddhist pagoda. Ink and colors on silk . Signed Kason.* Late Meiji. Framed under glas. H. 132 cm. W. 57 cm.
* Suzuki, Kason (1860-1919)
Kason's father was a kimono merchant attached to the Maeda daimyo of Kaga province. Kason was trained as a painter, studying Tosa, ukiyo-e, and Shijo-style painting. At the age of 14 he began studying with Nakajima Kyosai. In 1876—1886 he worked as a pattern designer for the export company of Kiryu Kosho Gaisha. In 1877 his gold-lacquer patterns received an award at the first Domestic Industrial Exposition. From 1887 through the 1890's he worked with Hasegawa Takejiro on book illustrations for the foreign market. He taught at the Ishikawa prefectural technical school from 1889 to 1893. He exhibited bird & flower paintings and landscapes in Bunten, and won awards at the first and third Bunten and at the Japanese—British exposition in 1910. He was sociable; devoted to the old way of life in Edo; played several instruments; was good at the lion dance; and excelled at the game of go. Famous as a maker of blockprints. Teacher of Ohara Koson (1877–1945).