Lotus Blossom, one of a pair of album leavesArtist(s)Jin NongObject Creation Datecirca 1754-1756Medium & Supportalbum leaf, ink and color on paperDimensions
11 3/16 in x 12 3/16 in (28.42 cm x 30.96 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundLabel copy
Jin Nong was one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, a group of highly individualistic artists active in the metropolis of Yangzhou. He began his career as a calligrapher, taking up painting at the age of sixty. A master of many subjects—bamboo, flowers, landscapes, horses, self-portraits, Buddhist images, and more —Jin Nong was the most prolific painter of the Yangzhou school.
Like many of his flower paintings, these album leaves—possibly from a larger set—are painted in a light and lively manner. Lotus Blossom
pairs two flowers with an inscription in Jin Nong’s distinctive calligraphy:
In the evening, the rustic fragrance [of the lotus blossom] invites the guests to linger, while the egrets at the Thirty-six Ponds and the whole world [enjoy] a cool [breeze].
Jin Nong experimented with various types of calligraphy, including “print-type” calligraphy based on a Ming-dynasty (1368–1644) script. The brushstrokes are even and angular and the characters balanced and clear, in vivid contrast to the delicate brushwork of the blooms.
Fall rotation 2016Primary Object Classification Unbound Work Primary Object TypeleafAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaWestern;AsianRights
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