Image: 58 7/8 x 30 in. (149.5 x 76.2 cm)
Overall with mounting: 107 3/4 x 37 1/4 in. (273.7 x 94.6 cm)
Overall with knobs: 107 3/4 x 41 1/4 in. (273.7 x 104.8 cm)
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Not on view
Flowering through snow and cold, plum blossoms are popular symbols of court beauties and of reclusion; as such, they embody romance, tears, lost loves, and the eternal return of springtime. Xu Jing entitled his painting The Pure Whiteness of Winter, partaking of a tradition of imagery in poetry and painting that goes back one thousand years.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in standard script)