Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on alum paper
7 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (19.4 x 56.5 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
The poem Lin inscribed on this fan reads:
As one travels year after year, youth is spent. One is homesick with each backward glance at the setting sun. Sometimes at leisure, one can chant a poem. Why not take a ride when the willow blooms?
[Trans. from Ellsworth et al, Later Chinese Painting]
Signature: Weiluo Lin Shu Dated early summer 1919
Artist's seal: Weiluo (square, red characters)
Artist's inscription, poem, four lines with seven-character meter: As one travels year after year, youth is spent. One is homesick with each backward glance at the setting sun. Sometimes at leisure one can chant a poem. Why not take a ride when the willow blooms?
Dedicated to Zhongzhao
Marking: Collectors' seals: 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.