Taisho / Showa Yosai Printmaker
Konen was born in Tokyo and first studied under Kajita Hanko (1870-1917) and then with Matsumoto Fuko (1840-1923). He spent most of his painting career on landscape, showing at official exhibitions and receiving prizes and awards regularly. He was influenced by the moist brushwork of Imamura Shiko (1880-1916). According to the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo he worked as an official in the Imperial Household and the Foreign Ministry, and at one time was associated with Okakura Tenshin (1862-1913). Only a handful of woodblock prints by Konen are known, a few published before the Kanto earthquake of 1923 by Kobayashi Bunshichi, the remainder after it by Watanabe. All are landscape or cityscape subjects. Konen worked in the "shin hanga" (new print) style, which was a revival of the classical "ukiyo-e" tradition of the Edo period (1750-1860).