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近代 石魯 陝北夕照圖 軸
Sunset over the Plateaux of Southern Shaanxi

Artist:
Shi Lu (Chinese, 1919–1982)
Date:
dated 1972
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
31 7/8 x 20 3/4 in. (81 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.350
Not on view
In this painting, a mule train moves slowly along a mountain path through a cornfield that appears brilliant red in the glow of sunset. During the Cultural Revolution, the color red symbolized new China and recalled the stirring lines of the revolutionary song: "The East is Red, the sun rises; China has produced a Chairman Mao." In Shi Lu's ominous landscape, however, it is the light of the setting sun that illuminates the fields, which appear like a brushfire about to consume the travelers. The mountains, like thick black smoke, offer no sanctuary from this conflagration.
Signature: Shi Lu, painted realistically
Dated 1972

Artist's inscription: The setting sun in northern Shaanxi; painted in 1972 from memories of a visit.

Artist's seal: Shi Lu (painted oval, red characters)

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (two)
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Style and Expressionism: Modern Chinese Painting," November 4, 1989–January 14, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill," September 10, 2002–February 9, 2003.

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