Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
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.