Image: 82 5/16 x 38 11/16 in. (209.1 x 98.3 cm)
Overall with mounting: 129 x 40 3/8 in. (327.7 x 102.6 cm)
Overall with knobs: 129 x 44 3/4 in. (327.7 x 113.7 cm)
Gift of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill, in honor of Professor Wen Fong, 1982
Not on view
Lotuses, a tour de force of "boneless" (color washes with no ink outlines) painting on paper, shows Yun as the most brilliant and subtle colorist of his time. Although the depiction recalls the realism of Song Painting Academy flower paintings, the artist insists in his colophon that he "merely followed the inclination of [his] brushwork in making dots and washes, benefiting from exhilarating accidents and not searching for physical verisimilitude."
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (6 columns in semi-cursive script)
南田小隱 惲正叔 壽平
[ Jean-Pierre Dubosc , by 1982] ; Marie-Hélène Weill , (New York, until 1982)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peach Blossom Spring," November 21, 1983–June 3, 1984.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Traditional Scholarly Values at the End of the Qing Dynasty: The Collection of Weng Tonghe (1830–1904)," June 30, 1998–January 3, 1999.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill," September 10, 2002–February 9, 2003.