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明 傳謝時臣 松溪琴客圖 軸
Listening to the Zither Among Streams and Pines

Artist:
Xie Shichen (Chinese, 1487–ca. 1567)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 55 1/2 x 28 in. (141 x 71.1 cm) Overall with mounting: 124 x 36 in. (315 x 91.4 cm) Overall with knobs: 124 x 38 3/4 in. (315 x 98.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.1.9a, b
Not on view
Xie Shichen was a versatile artist whose paintings share features of both the Zhe School professionals and the Suzhou scholar-artists. Xie's "hemp-fiber" texture strokes and dark foliage dots derive from the eminent Suzhou amateur Shen Zhou (1427–1509), but his monumental composition, narrative subject matter, and bold brushwork owe more to the Nanjing professional Wu Wei (1459–1508). In this painting, a pair of scholars on a spring outing have paused to admire a blossoming plum tree that grows beneath the sheltering branches of an ancient pine. The nearby mountain torrent flows out of a deep valley where dense white clouds obscure the lower halves of precipitous peaks, including the towering central monolith whose position along the painting's vertical axis serves as an anchor to the entire composition. To the left of the peak, Xie inscribed a seven-character quatrain along with his signature.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (1 column in semi-cursive script):

Painted by Xie Shichen.

謝時臣筆。


Artist's seals

樗仙
謝思忠氏


Colophon

Tsunetami Sano 佐野常民 (Japanese, 1822–1902), 15 columns in semi-cursive script, dated 1899; 1 seal (on a separate sheet of paper kept in an envelope):

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團琢麼殿
日本美術協會會頭
伯爵佐野常民 [一印不辨]
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