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近代 蜂戲牡丹圖 冊頁
Flower and Bee

Artist:
After Zhao Shao'ang (Chinese, 1905–1998)
Period:
Republic period
Date:
after 1946
Culture:
China
Medium:
Woodblock print mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 13 3/16 x 17 3/16 in. (33.5 x 43.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Lin Yutang Family Collection, Gift of Richard M. Lai, Jill Lai Miller, and Larry C. Lai, in memory of Taiyi Lin Lai, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.509.31
Not on view
This reproduction of a Zhao Shao'ang painting represents the high artistry of traditional woodblock printing. To a nonspecialist, this print could easily be mistaken for a painting. The printers have carefullycontrolled the amount and density of ink and pigment applied to the blocks to capture the varying shades of color in Zhao's original. Particularly notable is the layering of the peony's petals and its twisting leaves. The sense of tension between the heavy flower and the drooping branch—accentuated by the arrival of a honeybee—is vividly conveyed.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in cursive script)[1]

In June in the summer of the thirty-fifth year of the Republic [1946], Shao’ang at Pearl Pond [in
Guangdong].

卅五年夏六月少昂於珠海。

Artist’s seal

Shao’ang 少昂

Collectors’ seal

Li Ming 黎明 (Richard M. Lai, 1920–2011) and Lin Taiyi 林太乙 (Taiyi Lin Lai, 1926–2003)
Li Lin 黎林


[1] Documentation from Shi-yee Liu, Straddling East and West: Lin Yutang, A Modern Literatus: The Lin Yutang Family Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, no. 41, p. 117.
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