Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on alum paper
7 3/8 x 20 3/8 in. (18.7 x 51.8 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
Orchids are an emblem of quiet, even hidden virtue, and a subject well suited to rendering in ink alone. Wu's muted palette is elegant and understated, but enough color is used to satisfy turn-of-the-century taste.
Signature: Wu Zunqing Undated
Artist's seal: Kutie (square, white characters)
Artist's inscription: Refreshing breeze; dedicated to Yinting; done in the style of Qingxiang [Daoji].
Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1986; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Painting: Selections from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," February 2, 1988–September 25, 1988.