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Red Camellias

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Qi Baishi, Red Camellias, 1945/1955, color woodblock print on paper, Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins, © unknown, research required, 67.15.4

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Title

Red Camellias

Artist

Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864-1957)

Date

1945/1955

Medium

color woodblock print on paper

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 8 13/16 in x 12 1/4 in; sheet: 12 9/16 in x 15 11/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

seal: 齊大, printed, lower right

signature: 白石, printed, lower right

inscription: 寒時節此花亦梅花之友, printed, right margin

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Chinese

Credit Line

Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins

Accession Number

67.15.4

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

flowers

paper

relief printing

relief prints

woodcut

Description

Qi's subject here alludes to the classical theme of the Three Friends of Winter—pine, bamboo, and plum blossoms—plants that thrive in cold weather. Camellias are not included in the traditional grouping, but Baishi cherished their ability to bloom in even the harshest weather. He writes, "This flower [the camellia], too, is a friend of the plum during the cold season."

The strong contrast between red flowers and black leaves (紅花墨葉 honghua moye) in this print is seen often in Qi's work.

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