Detail from a six-panel folding screen depicting creatures and flowers of the twelve months
This image of puppies playing in front of a glum-looking snowman is from a pair of folding screens, each consisting of six panels painted with seasonal images of plants and animals relating to the twelve months of the year.
Best known for his exquisite paintings of birds and flowers, Watanabe Seitei was a prolific and successful painter in his day. His technical ability and fresh approach – combining Japanese and western artistic techniques with traditional subject matter – brought him great international acclaim. One of the first Japanese painters to travel to Europe, he visited the Paris International Exposition in 1878, where he impressed leading contemporary artists such as Degas and Manet with his paintings and painting demonstrations. He went on to win medals at many national and international exhibitions.
Detail from a six-panel folding screen depicting creatures and flowers of the twelve months, 1900
Attributed to Watanabe Seitei (1851–1918)
Ink and colours on silver-foiled paper in lacquer frame
60 x 174 cm