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近代 曾熙 焦墨山水 軸
Burnt-ink Landscape

Artist:
Zeng Xi (Chinese, 1861–1930)
Date:
dated 1929
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
45 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (115.6 x 48.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.135
Not on view
Signature: Old man Xi in his 69th year playing with ink in the style of Ni Yunlin, at Xin Taiping Studio

Dated: the 18th day of the first month of 1929

Artist's inscription:
In judging painting there is a difference between the capable and the extraordinary classes. If when painting a subject you depict its likeness, color it properly, arrange its components distinctively and express its subtle feelings, the work will be of the capable class [nongpin]. A painting with natural and poised brushwork, simple and vigorous ink tone, mountains, rivers, fogs and clouds as if from nature will be a sublime work [shanpin]. If the painting has a simple composition, with a few natural and unrestrained brushstrokes, a meaning simple but interesting, a flavor that is light but a spirit that is noble, the work will be lofty beyond the ordinary classifications [yipin]. One cannot paint either a sublime work or an extraordinary one without much reading and a noble, lofty mind.

Artist's seals: 1. Seal of Zeng Xi (square, white characters)
2. Enjoy the Sea Pavilion (square, red characters)

Addtional artist's inscription:
Cheng Sui [1605–1691] and Dai Benxiao [1621–?] painted landscapes with burnt ink. Gao Qieyuan [Gao Qibei, 1672–1734], and Li Shizhuo [d. 1770], also liked to use dry ink. After finishing some calligraphy, there was still some ink left on the stone, so I painted this for myself.
Again inscribed, Nongran.

Artist's seals: 1. Seal of Zeng Xi (square, white characters)
2. Nonran (square, red characters)
3. Seal of Zeng Xi (square, white characters)

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
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