Birds and Flowers of Spring and Summer

Kanō EinōEdo period (latter half of 17th century)

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

The composition of the right screen focuses on a cherry tree willow, with nightingales and pheasants scattered in the scene. The left screen shows a pine tree entwined with wisteria, with black paradise flycatchers and rufous turtle doves completing the summer image. The lively stream that runs through the scene is shown as a white flow of water, giving a cool sensibility to the overall composition. The composition is set against a gold ground and highlighted by gold clouds. This combination of gold with lavishly colored seasonal birds and flowers was part of the Kano School’s repertoire of birds and flowers of the four seasons images. Kano Eino (Yoshinobu, 1631-1697) was the son of Kano Sansetsu, and is known for his compilation of the Honcho Gashi painting history based on a manuscript by Sansetsu.


  • Title: Birds and Flowers of Spring and Summer
  • Date Created: Edo period (latter half of 17th century)
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w3610 x h1530 cm
  • Painter: Kano Eino
  • Object Work Material (English): Pair of six-fold screens
  • Object Title (Japanese): 春夏花鳥図屏風
  • Object Date (English): Edo period (latter half of 17th century)
  • Category (Japanese): 絵画
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 狩野永納筆
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art

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