Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on alum paper
7 3/8 x 21 3/8 in. (18.7 x 54.3 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
Qi Baishi painted the camellias. Wang Xuetao, a member of the Beijing Painting Academy who had a reputation for painting insects as well as birds and flowers, added the bees, as noted in his inscription.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: Baishi laoren Undated
Artist's seal: Qida (square, white characters) By Wang Xuetao: Bees painted by Xuetao
Inscription: By Wang Xuetao: Bees painted by Xuetao
Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
Calligrapher's seal: Xuetao (square, red characters)
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.