From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Not on view
In this painting, the modulated brush lines and vivid use of ink washes to model forms and evoke a moisture-laden atmosphere betray none of the hallmarks of the Southern Song academic style as defined by Ma Yuan (active ca. 1190–1225) and Xia Gui (active ca. 1195–1230). Recalling the late eleventh-century style of Guo Xi and other Northern Song masters, the painting can reasonably be dated to the early Southern Song era.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal
Xiang Yuanbian 項元汴 (1525–1590) 退密 子京父印 若水軒 子孫永保
[ A. W. Bahr , 1947; sold to MMA]
New York. China Institute in America. "Album Leaves from the Song and Yuan Dynasties," March 26, 1970–May 30, 1970.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art," February 10, 2007–August 26, 2007.