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清 杜湘 山水 冊頁七開

Du Xiang (Chinese, active late 19th century)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
19th century
Album of seven leaves; ink and color on paper
10 1/8 x 6 3/8 in. (25.7 x 16.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
Working in the styles of old masters, Du Xiang uses a fresh palette and delicate brush to sweep away the cobwebs of an overworked tradition and create a new and pleasing invention on the old themes.
Signature: a) signed: Youxie; seal: Dushi (oval, red characters)

b) signed: Yanju, laoyou; dated Spring 1878; seals: 1. Dushi (square, red characters); 2. Xiang (square red characters); inscription: Done in the style of Li Yingqiu [Li Cheng, 919–967]

c) seal: Du Xiang (square, white characters)

d) signed: Yanhu laoyou at Mojing Studio; seals: Dushi (square, red characters); Xiang (square red characters)

e) seal: Xiang (square, red characters)

f) signed: Youxie; seals: Xiang (square, red characters); inscription: Done in the style of Huanghe shanqiao [Wang Meng, 1308–1385]

g) signed: Yanhu laoyou; dated Spring 1878; seals: 1. Dushi (square, red characters); 2, 3. Xiang (square, red characters) inscription (poem, four lines, five-character meter):
See the end of the pine forest.
Where will the white clouds go?
Spring mountains are always green.
The painting screen is surrounded by morning clouds.

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (each leaf)
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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