Chinese and Japanese subjects and motifs became popular in painting thanks to the penetration of Eastern culture into Europe since the 1830s - naturally, this interest in exotic art did not bypass Bohemia. Antonín Veith, a friend of Mánes, had his Chinese drawing-room at his Liběchov manor decorated with paintings. An exhibition of Eastern art was probably held in Prague in the second half of the fifties - Biedermeir society was fascinated by Chinese decorative art and began collecting vases, fans, screens, porcelain figures etc. This painting, with a motif unique in Mánes’s work, yet very interesting, comes from that period. The painter shows the emperor’s family in a moment of domestic bliss, rest and intimacy, in the exotic environment of a Chinese garden. The motif offered the painter an excellent opportunity to use a very wide range of colours, to create complicated reflexes of light and in the contrasts of light and shade to express the Oriental atmosphere in line with his ideas.