Yamamoto Baiitsu was literati painter who had studied Chinese painting styles and techniques of the Ming and Qing dynasties. When the four seasons appear in a screen painting, it usually represents the passing of time.
In these screens, time moves from the daphne and wild orchid of spring at the right through to the peony and lotus of summer. The composition bypasses winter but features autumn flowers, including chrysanthemum and bush clover, followed by the sacred bamboo and daffodils of early spring.
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]
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 2 publications
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..