The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 26, 2018

Plums, Bamboo, and Orchid, 1834

hanging scroll; ink on silk, Painting only: 172.4 x 79 cm (67 13/16 x 31 1/16 in.); Including mounting: 252.7 x 105.4 cm (99 7/16 x 41 7/16 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1975.93

This painting represents three of the plants known as the Four Gentlemen of Chinese painting; it lacks only autumn’s chrysanthemum. The plants’ characteristics are symbols of Confucian virtues, such as open-mindedness (bamboo), strength in the face of adversity (plum), and humility (orchid).

date and signature at lower left.

Later Japanese Art Rotation (Gallery 113); December 4, 2203 - March 18, 2004.
Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry" cat. no. 76

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