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Title

Birds and flowers

circa 1855


Artist

Suzuki KIITSU

Japan

1796 - 1858


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

circa 1855


Media category

Painting


Materials used

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

205.1983


Artist information

Suzuki KIITSU

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 112 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 232-233 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 233 is a detail of this work.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'How Asian artists depict nature', pg. 29, Sydney, Mar 2002, 29 (colour illus.).

Khanh Trinh (Editor), Kamisaka Sekka: dawn of modern Japanese design, Sydney, 2012, 55 (colour illus.). cat.no. 23