Hirata Shōdō

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Shodo Hirata (平田松堂) (February 2, 1882 – January 9, 1971) was a Japanese painter who was active from the Meiji era to the Showa era, mainly in public exhibitions. He studied under Kawai Gyokudo and was particularly adept at bird and flower painting.

Hirata Shōdō
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Shōdō Hirata
Eiji Hirata

February 2, 1882
DiedJanuary 9, 1971(1971-01-09) (aged 88)
Alma materTokyo Academy of Fine Arts
Known forPainter
SpouseShizuko Hirata

Early lifeEdit

Shodo Hirata was born in 1882 in Ushigome, Tokyo. He was the second son of Count Hirata Tosuke, who was a Japanese statesman and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan, active during the Meiji and Taishō periods of the Empire of Japan.


After studying under Kawai Gyokudo, he entered the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts in 1901 and graduated in 1906.

Hirata Shodo participated in the very first art exhibition organized by the Japan Art Academy, called BUNTEN, in 1907. His painting Yuku Aki was selected for recognition and his works were equally favoured at future BUNTEN exhibitions.

In 1921, he became a professor at the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts. He also served as a judge at the 7th Imperial Exhibition in 1926. He was the chairman of the Dai-nippon Drawing and Handicraft Association, and a member of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Drawing Textbook Compilation committee.

Notable worksEdit

  • Autumn (1907)
  • Autumn Colors (1910)
  • Autumn in the Trees (1912)
  • The Voice of a Small Bird (1914)
  • Matsukanno Haru (Spring Between the Pine) (1915)[1]

Hirata family treeEdit

Matsushita Uemon
Yasuda KoichiroTokue MatsushitaMasakusu MatsushitaHirata TosukeMaeda Toshiaki
Mitsui Takamine (10th head of the Mitsui family)
Tetsujiro NakaoYasueJun IueYurou IueToshio IueMumenoKonosuke MatsushitaShodo HirataShizukoMaeda ToshisadaKeikoMitsui Takakimi (11th head of the Mitsui family)
Satoshi IueMatsushita SachikoMasaharu MatsushitaHirata KatsumiNobuko
Iue ToshimasaHiro MatsushitaMasayuki Matsushita


  1. ^ "20世紀日本人名事典の解説". KotoBank. Retrieved 2020-12-23.

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