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清 張熊 八哥秋葵圖 軸
Flower and Bird

Zhang Xiong (Chinese, 1803–1886)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
dated 1878
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
57 1/4 x 15 9/16 in. (145.4 x 39.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
Zhang Xiong was a well established artist in Shanghai in the third quarter of the 19th century, and Ren Bonian, among others, sought him out as a teacher. when Wu Changshi first came to Shanghai he shared a room with Zhang "large enough to hold only two beds and a table to paint on."

Zhang had a literati training in calligraphy, poetry and painting. He is best known for works like this one in the refined style of the early Qing bird-and-flower master Yün Shouping. Here Zhang takes delight in the cool elegance of autumn:

Such a nostalgic autumn view!
Nature's colors, more beautiful than spring.
A bird smiles at featherlike leaves.
I am moved to paint this for a young friend.

[Trans. adapted from Ellsworth et al., Later Chinese Painting]
Signature: Zixiang Zhang Xiong
Dated: the 7th month 1878

Artist's inscription: poem, four lines, seven-character meter

This is such a nostalgic autumn view.
Nature's colors are more beautiful than in the spring.
The bird smiles at the feather-like leaves.
The scene inspired me to do this painting for a young friend.
Dedicated to Xiaqi. Yuanhu at seventy-six.

Artist's seal: Painting of Zixiang (square, white characters)
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.

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