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Blossoming Apricot

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Qi Baishi, Blossoming Apricot, 1945/1955, color woodblock print on paper, Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins, © unknown, research required, 67.15.8

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Title

Blossoming Apricot

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 3/16 in; sheet: 12 9/16 in x 17 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: 一咲牡丹稱富貴那知無福見梅花, printed, right margin

seal: 木人, printed, right margin, bottom

signature: 白石題, printed, right margin, bottom

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Chinese

Credit Line

Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins

Accession Number

67.15.8

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

flowers

fruit

paper

relief printing

relief prints

woodcut

Description

The plum blossom is called the Flower of Five Blessings because it symbolizes longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue, and a peaceful death. Here, Baishi compares the plum blossom favorably to the showier peony. He writes, "The peony is associated with wealth and nobility, but nothing is more auspicious than the plum blossom."

Baishi makes use here of his trademark combination of vivid red for the plum blossoms and black for the branches. His choice of the phrase muren (wood man) for his seal reflects his career as a carpenter and carver in his teenage years.

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