Melody of Spring


Caroline Young, artwork and text

© Source: The art of Caroline R. Young (2002)

In celebration of China’s glorious past, acclaimed artist, Caroline R. Young, brings us “Melody of Spring”, the second piece in her classic, “Dream of the Red Chamber” series.

Based on the Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber this work celebrates the devoted love between a young gentleman, Chia Pao Yu, and the beautiful maiden Black Jade.

This exquisite composition features Black Jade in the Grand View Garden under a cherry blossom tree. She whispers to her confidant, a little bird, her dream of someday becoming Chia Pao Yu’s devoted wife.

Black Jade was the true love of Chia Pao-Yu. However, because of her poor health, she was passed over by the Chia family in favor of another maiden, Precious Virtue, as the future wife of Pao-Yu.

On the night of Pao-Yu’s wedding, she reads a book of poetry given to her by her beloved, and sings a final song to him before succumbing to the tuberculosis that has plagued her all of her young life.

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As an adopted child of Chinese-American expatriates, I have always been intrigued by how the Chinese culture explained the mysteries of the universe.