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Chrysanthemums

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Qi Baishi, Chrysanthemums, 1945/1955, color woodblock print on paper, Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins, © unknown, research required, 67.15.6

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Title

Chrysanthemums

Artist

Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864-1957)

Date

1945/1955

Medium

color woodblock print on paper

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 8 7/8 in x 12 1/8 in; sheet: 12 9/16 in x 17 in

Inscriptions & Markings

seal: 齊大, printed, lower right

signature: 白石, printed, lower right

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Chinese

Credit Line

Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins

Accession Number

67.15.6

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

flowers

paper

relief printing

relief prints

woodcut

Description

The chrysanthemum is considered one of the Four Gentlemen, along with the plum, the orchid, and bamboo—plants that symbolize key Confucian virtues. Because the chrysanthemum blooms in the fall, flourishing despite the onset of early frosts, it represents the ability to withstand adversity.

Chrysanthemums were beloved of one of China's most famous poets, Tao Yuanming (365–427). Tao left a government post to live in reclusion in the countryside, surrounded by pines and chrysanthemums. In Tao's poetry, chrysanthemums become a metaphor for personal integrity. In popular folklore, chrysanthemums are associated with longevity.

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