Caroline Young, artwork and text
© Source: The art of Caroline R. Young (2002)
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.