Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on alum paper
7 1/4 x 20 9/16 in. (18.4 x 52.2 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
The paintings of Qi Baishi's last years, such as this fan, tend to be familiar images rendered with a colorful palette and clear graphic simplicity.
This picture, with its auspicious message of "Good Luck and Long Life" inscribed in bold seal-script characters, was done as a companion piece to the adjacent Chrysanthemums, datable to 1955.
Signature: Baishi Undated
Artist's inscription: Great luck and long life
Artist's seal: Jieshanweng (square, white characters)
Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (two)
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.
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. "Between Two Cultures: A Selection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," January 30, 2001–August 19, 2001.