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Title

Birds and flowers

circa 1855

Artist

Suzuki Kiitsu

Japan

1796 – 1858

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    circa 1855
    Media categories
    Scroll , 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Suzuki Kiitsu

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications