peonies--pink and pale green--on long, leafy stems; three lines of text--two at left edge, one at right edge; five red seals, including very large red seal at top center

Good Fortune and Longevity, 1902

Ink and color on silkexpand_more

Gift of Yang and Helen H. Wangexpand_more  2011.87.2

Not on Viewexpand_more

The artist Cixi was an empress, and created this scroll of peony blossoms by applying graduated washes of color rather than drawing them as ink outlines. This is a hallmark of the mogu, or “boneless,” method, which lends itself to conveying the delicacy and coloring of flower petals. The peony has been hailed as the king of flowers in China for its majestic scale, fragrance, and literary associations. Its rich colors and abundance of petals have linked the peony to nobility and wealth. These associations, as well as the inscription of good fortune on this painting, would have made the artwork a prestigious and auspicious gift from Cixi to a relative or courtier. The peony has been hailed as the king of flowers in China for its majestic scale, fragrance, and literary associations. Its rich colors and abundance of petals have linked the peony to nobility and wealth. These associations, as well as the inscription of good fortune on this painting, would have made the artwork a prestigious and auspicious gift from Cixi to a relative or courtier.

Details
Title
Good Fortune and Longevity
Artist Life
1835 - 1908
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2011.87.2
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peonies--pink and pale green--on long, leafy stems; three lines of text--two at left edge, one at right edge; five red seals, including very large red seal at top center