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An image of Birds and flowers of the four seasons by Yamamoto BAIITSU
Alternate image of Birds and flowers of the four seasons by Yamamoto BAIITSU Alternate image of Birds and flowers of the four seasons by Yamamoto BAIITSU

Yamamoto BAIITSU

(Japan 1783 – 1856)

Title
Birds and flowers of the four seasons
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
1847
Media category
Painting
Materials used
pair of six-fold screens; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions

each screen: 160.0 x 363.2cm image; 175.5 x 380.2cm screen:

a - right screen - Yellow birds; 160 x 363.2 cm; image

a - right screen - Yellow birds; 1755 x 3802 cm; screen

b - left screen - Black birds; 160 x 363.2 cm; image

b - left screen - Black birds; 1755 x 3802 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
Location
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.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 240-241 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 241 is a detail of this work.

Jacqueline Menzies, The 4 seasons, 'Flowers', not paginated., Sydney, 1989, (colour illus.) not paginated [chart]. The colour illustration is a detail of a six fold screen..

Exhibition history (2)

The four seasons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jun 1989–Jul 1990

The art of Japanese screen painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 2004–06 Feb 2005