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Title

Peach blossoms and willow leaves

1987

Artist

Xu Congyou

China

1902 – 1989

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Date
    1987
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink on paper
    Dimensions
    111.0 x 39.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.centre in Chinese., ink "Congyou [2 x
    artist's seals]". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Ning Zhichao (Mr Eugene Anchugov) 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    295.1995
    Copyright
    © Estate of Congyou Xu

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    Artist information
    Xu Congyou

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  • About

    Pink peach blossom and green willow branches often appear together in Chinese literature and painting to describe either the colours of springtime or female beauty. As indicated in the inscriptions on the left, this work was painted by the artist at the age of 85. Is she trying to convey the feeling of the inevitable disappearance of short-lived beauty by adding some falling petals of delicate peach blossom?

    Xu Congyou, born in Changsha of Hunan province, was one of the leading female artists in traditional Chinese painting, particularly in the flora and fauna genre. She was appointed a professional painter at the Chinese Painting Academy from 1957.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China