The Burke Collection
Orchids in Hanging Basket
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Kim Gyujin

(金圭鎭; 1868–1933)

Catalogue information

Early 20th century

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

138 x 42 cm (54 3/8 x 16 1/2 in.)

Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015

Additional details


Many volumes from Tang to Song dynasties have exalted the plants. / Still, ancient paintings and writings on orchids even surpass Shijing and Lisao. / Having handed over my brilliant verse (i.e., painting of orchid) / why not venture out into the streets and critique its quality (see how it compares to ancient works on orchids).





Jigong nocho Haegang 至空老樵海岡


[right of inscription] Life’s first [i.e., highest, number one] joy [i.e., that parents and siblings are alive and well]; clear writing 人生一樂 筆墨淸良

[below end of inscription, upper seal] Kim Gyujin in 金圭鎭印

[below end of inscription, lower seal] Haegang 海岡 [artist’s pen name]

[bottom right of scroll] Collection of the Yeonggi family 永基家藏 [Kim Yeonggi (1911–2003) was the artist’s son]