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]
Not on display
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
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Aug 2018–06 Jan 2019
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..