Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons

Suzuki Kiitsu19c

Yamatane Museum of Art

Yamatane Museum of Art
Tokyo , Japan

The right screen features spring and summer flowers, such as rape blossoms, violets, dandelions, sunflowers and morning glories, along with pairs of chickens, while the left screen focuses on autumn and winter plants, such as chrysanthemums, great burnet, Japanese pampas grass, patrinia and narcissus, along with mandarin ducks. While essentially depictions of all four seasons, the compositions of these screens focus on the summer and autumn grasses favored by the Rimpa School. The gently expressed flowers, rendered in richly modulated pale ink lines and tarashikomi ink puddling, copies the Rimpa style handed down from Kôrin to Hôitsu. On the other hand, the strikingly vivid color handling, the depiction of the birds and other aspects of the adroitly colored and intricately worked details reflect Kiitsu's modern sensibilities which turn more toward clear expression than toward lyricism.


  • Title: Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons
  • Creator Lifespan: 1796 - 1858
  • Creator Nationality: Japan
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 19c
  • Location Created: Tokyo, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 紙本金地・彩色・屏風(2曲1双)
  • 作家名(日本語): 鈴木其一
  • 作品名(日本語): 四季花鳥図
  • Physical Dimensions: w1702 x h1675 mm (each)
  • Painter: Suzuki Kiitsu
  • Type: Edo Paintings
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Color on Gold-Leafed Paper

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