Birds and flowers of the four seasons
- Not on display
- 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: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
- pair of six-fold screens; ink and colour on paper
- each screen: 160.0 x 363.2cm image; 175.5 x 380.2cm screen
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.l.,in Japanese ink "Summer in the year of fire sheep  Baiitsu Yamamoto [& 2 artist's seals]". [left screen] Signed u.r., in Japanese ink Baiitsu Yamamoto" [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]
- Purchased 1982
- Accession number