Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on gold-flecked paper
6 1/8 x 20 5/8 in. (15.6 x 52.4 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
Wang was a full-fledged scholar in the Hanlin Academy in Peking. His painting style, while influenced by the intellectual rigor of Dong Qichang (1555–1636), took on the appealing attributes of mid-19th century style, evident here in the gold-flecked ground, soft color and free brushwork.
Signature: Wang Tingru
Artist's inscription: "Heaven-sent rains arrive on time. The clouds move through the mountains and valleys".
Artist's seal: Zhunqing (rectangular, red characters)
Marking: Collector's seal: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1986; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Painting: Selections from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," February 2, 1988–September 25, 1988.