An image of Birds and flowers

Suzuki KIITSU

(Japan 1796 – 1858)

Birds and flowers

Location
Not on display
Further information

In this painting flowers of all seasons such as wisteria (spring), poppies (summer), bush clover and bellflower (autumn) are combined as if to celebrate a timeless world of flowers. Yet one cannot miss the loss of petals on the poppy which holds the centre of the painting - an unmistakable sign of impermanence. It is this awareness, subtly expressed in works of art, that resonates in the mind of the cultivated Japanese. Kiitsu, a later Rinpa school artist, has used a characteristic Rinpa technique of dropping colour onto another while still wet to create a suffused effect, known as 'tarashikomi'.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.232.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1855
Media
Painting
Medium
hanging scroll; colour on silk
Dimensions
127.0 x 55.4 cm image; 194.0 x 70.0 x 75.4 cm scroll
Signature & date
Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Seisei Kiitsu" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
205.1983