An image of Birds and flowers of the four seasons

Yamamoto BAIITSU

(Japan 1783 – 1856)

Birds and flowers of the four seasons

Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

When the four seasons appear in a screen painting, there is usually a narrative of the 'passing of time' starting from the right and progressing to the left. In this pair of screens time moves from the daphne and wild orchid of spring at the right end through to the presiding peony, then the lotus of summer, a clump of autumn flowers including chrysanthemum and bush clover and bypassing winter to the sacred bamboo and daffodils of the early spring. Baiitsu was a 'nanga' painter who had studied Chinese painting styles and techniques of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.240.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
1847
Media
Painting
Medium
pair of six-fold screens; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
a - right screen - Yellow birds; 160 x 363.2 cm; image
a - right screen - Yellow birds; 175.5 x 380.2 cm; screen
b - left screen - Black birds; 160 x 363.2 cm; image
b - left screen - Black birds; 175.5 x 380.2 cm; screen
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l.,in Japanese ink "Summer in the year of fire sheep [1847] Baiitsu Yamamoto [& 2 artist's seals]". [left screen] Signed u.r., in Japanese ink Baiitsu Yamamoto" [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]
Credit
Purchased 1982
Accession number
236.1982.a-b