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Enjoyment of Chrysanthemums

Enjoyment of Chrysanthemums

Enjoyment of Chrysanthemums

Enjoyment of Chrysanthemums

Date: 1753

Artist: Hua Yan, Chinese, 1682–1756

Dynasty: Qing dynasty, 1644–1911

Period: Qianlong period, 1736–1795

Medium: hanging scroll: ink and color on paper
25 3/8 x 45 3/16 in. (64.5 x 114.8 cm)
Credit Line: William K. Bixby Trust for Asian Art
Object Number: 7:1954
Place from:China
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location: Not on view
Notes:This painting offers a view into the dwelling of a scholar-recluse within a rustic environment. While several young attendants busy themselves with the preparation of tea, their master sits on a chair in his study, contemplating an array of potted red and white
chrysanthemums in the garden compound.

Educated Chinese viewers would have associated this painting with the virtues of reclusive living as exemplified by the famous poet Tao Qian (365–427). Tao, who was exceptionally fond of chrysanthemums, refused service at court to live instead as a hermit in the mountains, cultivating his mind and his flowers. Chrysanthemums bloom in the cool weather of autumn and thus symbolize retirement and the nurturing of scholarly pursuits for the Chinese literati.
Exhibition History
Title: Treasures from the East: Asian Art from the Collection
Date: September 25–November 14, 1982
Venue: SLAM

Publication History
Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Year Published: 1975

Title: Chinese Paintings
Periodical Title: Bulletin of The Saint Louis Art Museum
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 1985

Title: Chūgoku kaiga sōgō zuroku (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Paintings)
Year Published: 1982

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