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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: Qida 齊大, printed, lower right Language: Chinese
signature: Baishi 白石 (White Stone), printed, lower right Language: Chinese
inscription: Sui han shi jie ci hua yi mei hua zhi you 寒時節此花亦梅花之友 (In cold weather, this flower is also a friend of plum blossom), printed, right margin Language: Chinese
- Collection Area
Asian Art; Graphic Arts
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins
- Accession Number
© unknown, research required
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.