Pomegranate Flowers with Poem
Pomegranate Flowers with Poem by Fan Wei
China: Qing Dynasty, c. 1800, watercolor on paper
The poem in this painting roughly translates to:
The fresh green leaves set off the solid red pomegranate.
The pomegranate flower blooms like fire.
Autumn wind is waiting for an embroidered purse like a pomegranate to blossom.
Thousands of red-dressed pomegranate seeds are queuing up, and they are smiling like a child.
Inscribing poems on paintings gave a more in-depth view of the artist’s feelings rather than what a painting alone could offer.