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 where the work was made
pair of six-panel screens (byobu); ink and colour on paper
a - right screen - Yellow birds; 160 x 363.2 cm; image
a - right screen - Yellow birds; 175.5 x 380.2 cm; screen
b - left screen - Black birds; 160 x 363.2 cm; image
b - left screen - Black birds; 175.5 x 380.2 cm; 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]
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 2 publications
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..
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.