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A Blossom after the Rain

Wang Yachen (Chinese, 1894-1983)


A lotus in bloom amidst a sea of dark green leaves is truly a magnificent sight. Although the large, densely overlying leaves hide the muck and muddied waters below, the contrast between the mire and the bright, unsullied blossom gives rise to the lotus as a symbol of purity.

Wang Yachen’s expressive, sketchy lotus painting is done in the style of Qi Baishi, allowing for a comparison of their individual interpretations.

by descent within the family to Benjamin Chou and Christina Fang, Potomac, Maryland; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2010.

Object Information

Wang Yachen (Chinese, 1894-1983)
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aqueous colors on paper
46 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. (image)
66 x 11 1/4 in. (without knobs)
66 x 13 3/4 in. (with knobs)
mark descriptions
signature inscription: cyclical year Earth-Monkey (1968), painted on a summer's day, on the surface of the pond near the Pond Grass Pavilion a blossom bloomed in the evening after the rain. Yachen.
square relief seal below inscription: Yachen script and painting
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Gift of Christina Fang and Benjamin Chou