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Title

Birds and flowers of the four seasons

1847

Artist

Yamamoto Baiitsu

Japan

1783 - 1856

Alternate image of Birds and flowers of the four seasons by Yamamoto Baiitsu
Alternate image of Birds and flowers of the four seasons by Yamamoto Baiitsu
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1847
    Media categories
    Screen , 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
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Yamamoto Baiitsu

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    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..