- Place where the work was made
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- Media categories
- Screen , Painting
- Materials used
- 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]
- Purchased 1982
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
In one drop of water, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jun 2019–21 Feb 2021
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..