Johns worked for two years on the thematic composition of the four paintings entitled Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, on which this set of four prints is based. Marking a departure from the linear abstraction he had been recently focused on, these prints can be seen as the culmination of many of the ideas Johns has pursued through his printmaking. The Seasons is seen as an allegorical representation of the Ages of Man or the Four Seasons of Life, and incorporates references to the history of art as well as to Johns' personal experience. The faceless figure central to all four panels is Johns' own shadow, seen by the artist at his studio on Saint Martin. Each panel incorporates pieces of imagery from earlier work, as well as references to Picasso, Cezanne and Duchamp, whose profile is seen in the center of Fall.