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Title

Birds and flowers of the four seasons

1847


Artist

Yamamoto Baiitsu

Japan

1783 - 1856


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1847


Media category

Painting


Materials used

pair of six-panel screens (byobu); ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

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 [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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

236.1982.a-b


Artist information

Yamamoto Baiitsu

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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..