Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973
Not on view
This exquisite representation of an orchid, signed by Ma Lin, son of Ma Yuan (act. ca. 1190-1225), exemplifies the style of formal realism favored by the aristocratic Southern Song court. The simple asymmetrical balance of flowers and leaves, meticulously rendered in subtle shades of lavender, white, and malachite green, bespeaks a consciously aestheticizing sensibility. Such flower paintings recall late Southern Song lyric poems about flowers.
Inscription: Artist's signature (2 characters in standard script)
Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1906–2003) Zhuli Guan 竹裏舘 Jiqian xinshang 季遷心賞