Ink on paper
47 x 22in. (119.4 x 55.9cm)
Other (mount): 73 x 47 in. (185.4 x 119.4 cm) (show scale)
five seals of the artist
Signed and dated: "Chi-yuan" "March, 1960"
" On March 7th, 1960 an international competition of flowers was held in New York, which was magificant. I love the quietness and elegance of the orchid in its own manner. Although it is present in a dusty worldm it remains untouched owing to its beautiful and delicate character among all kinds of flowers. Therefore I paint it to extol its noble spirit. It cannot be easy for an ordinary person to understand this."
" People praise the event of flowers, but I would say that human affairs are still a mess; whenever I am free, I paint orchids with my door closed."
Gift of The School of Chinese Brushwork
This item is not on view
Wang Chi-yuan. Orchids, 1960. Ink on paper, 47 x 22in. (119.4 x 55.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The School of Chinese Brushwork, 1990.20.4. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.20.4_bw.jpg)
overall, 1990.20.4_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
© artist or artist's estate
Copyright for this work may be controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders. A more detailed analysis of its rights history may, however, place it in the public domain.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.