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