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Flowers of the Four Seasons

A vertical painting of a bundle of many types of flowers set in a vase-like vessel. The bottom of this vessel contains netted rope through which many blossoms can be seen. A plethora of blooms and leaves extend upward from the top of the vessel.
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  • A vertical painting of a bundle of many types of flowers set in a vase-like vessel. The bottom of this vessel contains netted rope through which many blossoms can be seen. A plethora of blooms and leaves extend upward from the top of the vessel.

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 18th/19th century

Artist:

Artist unknown (spurious attribution to Prince Yongrong)
Chinese

About this artwork

Meticulously outlined and colored with a finely tapered brush, these multiseasonal flowers—including iris, peony, lotus, poppy, lily, narcissus, chrysanthemum, nandina berry, and plum—display a draftsman-like style mastered by court artists. The inscription on this painting attributes its image of floral abundance to Yongrong, the sixth son of the Qianlong emperor (r. 1735-95). Prince Yongrong supervised the Imperial Household Department, which served diverse needs of the emperor and his family in the residential quarters of the palace. The attribution of this painting remains open to study.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Artist Unknown

Title

Flowers of the Four Seasons

Origin

China

Date

1701–1800

Medium

Hanging scroll; ink and colors on paper

Dimensions

136.2 × 70.7 cm (53 5/8 × 27 7/8in.)

Credit Line

Purchase, Oriental Art Sundry Fund

Reference Number

1947.390

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