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- Previous Owner(s)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Li Wenqing (C.L. Freer source) ca. 1869 - 1931
In Chinese literature, gardens sometimes serve as a setting for romantic assignations. The scene illustrates an episode in a popular love story, which became the subject of a play titled The Story of the Western Wing. While touring a Buddhist temple, an aspiring young scholar stumbles across two female lodgers, Oriole (Cui Yingying) and her maid Crimson (Hongniang), and he becomes immediately enamored with Oriole. Having received a suggestive written response to his overtures, he scales the wall of Oriole's garden one night. There, Crimson waits to lead him to her mistress, who plans to scold the youth for his forwardness. With its trellised flowering vines, broad-leafed banana trees, and large decorative rock, the temple courtyard is indistinguishable from one found in a typical domestic compound and lends the composition a sense of intimacy.
- Published References
- James Cahill. Pictures for Use and Pleasure: Vernacular Painting in High Qing China. Berkeley and Los Angeles. pp. 134-135, fig. 4.34.
- Osvald Siren. Gardens of China. New York. pl. 91a, f.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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