Yuan Jiang, active ca.1680–ca.1730
The Palace of Nine Perfections China,
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), dated 1691
Set of twelve hanging scrolls; ink and color on silk
Image: 81 1/2 x 18 ft. 5 3/4 in. (207 x 563.2 cm)
Overall with mounting: 94 1/4 x 19 ft. (239.4 x 579.1 cm) Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Paintings of landscape and flowers constitute two leading Chinese painting genres. In addition to serving as seasonal markers, many flowers have deep symbolic associations; for example, in 13th-century China, naturalistic depictions of lotus in different seasons evoked the ephemeral nature of physical beauty. In the exhibition, the Lotus and Waterbirds (ca. 1300) will be presented side by side with a contemporary photograph Wind in the Lotus at Yeast Courtyard (2004) by Lois Conner (b. 1951, U.S.A.), who chronicled seasonal changes creating horizontal or vertical compositions that recall Chinese pictorial precedents.