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Culture: Chinese
Title: Flower Studies
Date: early to mid 18th century
Medium: Handscroll: ink and colors on silk
Dimensions: Image: 11 7/8 x 133 inches (30.2 x 337.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Martie and Alice Young
Object Number: 81.134.003
Label Text: Paintings of a variety of flowers, especially in the horizontal format, are sometimes referred to as baihua tu, paintings of the hundred flowers. There are not literally a hundred flowers depicted; the term is a euphemism for representing a range of all sorts of flowers.

Jiang Pu belonged to a family of artists renown for their skill in painting flowers. He was one of the many court painters who served the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736-95) and the style of this painting, with its emphasis on careful observation and meticulous rendering in brilliant colors, typifies courtly taste in the eighteenth century.

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