A Beauty at the Window by a Plum Tree

Yu Ming Chinese

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A poem by Yu Ming's uncle, the poet Yu Yuan inspired this wistful, delicate painting:

Light frost nibbles the hibiscus bit by bit.
How many times has autumn come to the
silvered room screen?
There is an oath-mark on her jade arm and
traces of scent below her neck.
The center of the banana tree harbors as
many layers as a melancholy heart.

[Trans. adapted from Ellsworth et al., Later Chinese Painting]

A Beauty at the Window by a Plum Tree, Yu Ming (Chinese, 1884–1935), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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