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Growing Flowers in Autumn

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: ink and color on paper
Format: hanging scroll

Date: 1746
Artist(s): Yu Xing (act. mid-18th c.)

Dimensions: 165.8 × 93.7 cm

Yu Xing was a native of Changshu, Jiangsu province. He served as a court painter during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795). Yu was a student of Jiang Tingxi (1669-1732), and served in the court along with Tang Dai (b. 1673) and Zhou Kun. Adept at painting birds, flowers, insects, and fish, he employed European painting skills and brilliant coloring in his works.   
  The panoramically composed painting depicts children growing flowers in autumn. Its upper half conveys, through the remote mountains and verdant trees, a season with clear autumn sky and crisp air. The lower half, however, gives prominence to the theme of growing flowers in autumn. In the courtyard, some children plant flowers in the clearing in front of the house, while others dig earth and water the plants. Bees and butterflies flutter amid the fenced lanes, and gorgeous autumn flowers blossom in abundance. Vivacious and rich in color, the entire scene invites a pleasant visual effect for the viewers and reenacts the agreeable life of people living in times of peace and prosperity.

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