Wang Guxiang / Flowers of Four Seasons / 1531Wang Guxiang
Flowers of Four Seasons

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Creator Name: Wang Guxiang
Creator Nationality: Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1501 - 1568
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Wang Guxiang
Title: Flowers of Four Seasons
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1531
Creation End Date: 1531
Creation Date: 1531
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: handscroll, ink and light color on silk
Dimensions: Overall: 24cm x 545cm
Inscriptions: Artist's inscription, signature, and 15 sealrs.Ink Orchids. Sewn as pendants for the man of worth, swaying quiety, fragrance in the valley. [seal] Hsiao-chu ts'unPeony. Wiping his face, the young gentleman Ho [Ho Yen of Wei, Three Kingdoms] appears to have been powdered. His previous life was the perfume-stealing Han Shou [of Chin, 265-419], the fragrance still lingers. [seal] Ts'un-wu chai.Flowering Crab Apple, New Bamboo. Shao-lin [Tu Fu, 712-770] had to put down his brush. [Flowering Crab Apple]. Yü-k'o [Wen T'ung, d. 1079) in vain wrote poems about [Bamboo]. [seal] Yu-shih.Lotus Flowers. When she turns her head, half-hidden by a fan, and casts a glance, all the beautiful women become colorless. [seal] K'ang yüeh huai.Loquat. Ripeness in summer. [seal] Lu-chih.Pomegranate Flower. Whenever I remember you I will send my thoughts, but where have you gone--the [skirt] of pomegranate red? [seal] Wu-ho Sheng.Day Lily. Plant the day lily to forget sorrow. [seal] Yu-shih.Chrysanthemum. The untrammelled joy at the eastern fence. [seal] Lu-chih.Begonia. Comparing it to the beauties of Spring, and spreading them out as trimming for the stone steps. [seal] Yu-shih.Hibiscus. In recent years I have always enjoyed looking at flowers; instead of dark red I preferred pink ones. [seal] Jen-sheng i-lou.Narcissus, Camellia. The jade girdle left behind at Lo River. [Narcissus].The precious pearls glitter before Spring. [Camellia]. [seal] Lu-chih.Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica). A single branch in the wintry season. [seal] K'ang yüeh huai.Plum. Fragrant snow in the Lo-fou Mountains. [seal] Ts'un-wu chai.In the eleventh lunar month of the hsin-mao year of the Chia-ching era [1531], [I] imitated the boneless style of Yüan masters in sketching from life. Ku-hsiang [seals] Yu-shih; Lu-chih. trans. WKH/LYSL2 colophons and 23 additional seals: 1 colophon dated 1632, and 2 seals of Li Jih-hua (1565-1635); 1 colophon and 2 seals of Hsiang Sheng-mo (1597-1658); 3 seals of Liang Ch'ing-piao (1620-1691); 6 seals of the Chia-ch'ing emperor (r. 1796-1820); 9 seals of Ch'eng Ch'i (20th c.)
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1977.4
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: Ch'eng Ch'i
Style or Period: China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
AMICA ID: CMA_.1977.4
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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