October 8, or the 22nd of the eighth month of Chinese lunar calendar, marks the 17th solar term – Hanlu (Cold Dew), when temperature is  much lower than that of White Dew and the dews are almost condensed into frost.

 

 

 

Hanlu is the perfect time to enjoy crab feast and appreciate chrysanthemums. The female crabs are mature with creamy roe and tender meat. A natural accompaniment to cold-natured crab is wine, which is even better if it is made of chrysanthemums. Drinking chrysanthemum wine is an ancient tradition with wind-dispersing, heat-clearing, liver-nourishing and eyesight-improving functions ever since the Han dynasty.

 

 Crab on Lotus Leaf

Artist:Unknown

Year:Song dynasty

Dimension:28.4×28 cm

Technique: Ink and color on silk

In the collection of the Palace Museum

 

Chrysanthemums

Artist:Unknown

Year:Southern Song dynasty

Dimension:24×25.1 cm

Technique: Ink and color on silk

In the collection of the Palace Museum

 

 

Let’s enjoy the scrumptious crabs, sip the wine and appreciate the masterpieces of Qi Baishi, Chen Shizeng, Chen Dayu and other masters of traditional Chinese painting.

 

Crab, Chrysanthemums and Wine

Artist:边寿民 / Bian Shoumin

Year:1740

Dimension:89×170.5 cm

Technique:Ink on paper

In the collection of National Art Museum of China

 

Crabs and Wine

Artist:陈大羽 / Chen Dayu

Year:1976

Dimension:96×60 cm

In the collection of National Art Museum of China

 

Crab

Artist:齐白石 / Qi Baishi

Year:1920s

Dimension:50.6×46.3 cm

Technique:Ink on paper

In the collection of National Art Museum of China

 

A Basket of Crabs

Artist:齐白石 / Qi Baishi

Year:1940s

Dimension:67.6×34.5 cm

Technique:Ink on paper

In the collection of National Art Museum of China

 

Chrysanthemums and Crabs

Artist:齐白石 / Qi Baishi

Year:1880

Dimension:91.3×46.1 cm

Technique: Ink and color on paper

In the collection of National Art Museum of China

 

Chrysanthemums under the Fence

Artist:吴昌硕 / Wu Changshuo

Year:1890

Dimension:103.1×55.5 cm

Technique: Ink and color on paper

In the collection of National Art Museum of China

 

Chrysanthemums

Artist:陈师曾 / Chen Shizeng

Year:Modern era

Dimension:133.5×32.6 cm

Technique: Ink and color on paper

In the collection of the Palace Museum

 

Chrysanthemums in Vase

Artist:虚谷 / Xugu

Year:1882

Dimension:126.2×57.7 cm

Technique: Ink and color on paper

In the collection of the Palace Museum


Sources:
http://www.ihchina.cn/
chinaculture.org
中国美术馆
故宫博物院

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