An image of Birds and flowers

Kiitsu Suzuki

(Japan 1796 – 1858)

Birds and flowers

Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

In this painting flowers of all seasons such as wisteria (spring), poppies (summer), bush clover and bellflower (autumn) are combined to celebrate a timeless world of flowers. However, the loss of petals on the poppy in the centre of the painting is an unmistakable sign of impermanence. Kiitsu Suzuki, a later Rinpa school artist, has used a characteristic Rinpa technique of dropping one 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