Edward Elliott Family Collection, Gift of Douglas Dillon, 1986
Not on view
Jin Nong started painting plum blossoms in 1756 at the age of sixty-nine. This monochrome album was reportedly painted during a six-week stay at Luo Ping's home in Yangzhou in 1757.
Jin Nong's innovative plum paintings are poised between representation and abstraction. The images range from the exuberance of lacy blossom-laden boughs to the restrained elegance of a single budding branch. There is a graphic quality to Jin Nong's compositions, achieved through a tight interlocking of painted image, calligraphy, and seals. His poetic inscriptions, written in his typically exact, vigorous manner, not only deepen the meaning of his imagery, but also act as graphic motifs that further animate each composition.
Inscription: Artist’s inscriptions and signatures
Leaf A (2 columns in standard script, dated 1757):
Leaf B (14 columns in standard script, dated 1757):
He Weipu 何維樸 (1842–1922 or 1844–1925), 1 column in clerical script and 2 columns in semi-cursive script, undated (on brocaded album cover):
Paintings of plums by Mr. Jin Dongxin [Jin Nong], twelve leaves, in the collection of Yun’an [Xu Yingkui, d. 1903]. Inscribed by Shisun [He Weipu].
Wu Yun 吳雲 (1811–1883) 二百蘭亭齋所藏書畫印 (Leaf G)
Yang Shiqi 楊士琦 (1862–1918) 杏城珍玩 (Leaf A, B, D, F, G, I, J, K, L)
Zhu Shaozhou 祝紹周 (1893–1976) 祝氏芾南收藏記 (Leaf A, B, C, D, F, G, I, J, K, L)
Zhang Boju 張伯駒 (1897–1982) 伯駒心賞 (Leaf A) 叢碧 (Leaf L) 張伯駒 (Leaf L)
Unidentified 歙南曹氏過雲樓鑒藏 (Leaf A, F)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peach Blossom Spring," November 21, 1983–June 3, 1984.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Text and Image: The Interaction of Painting, Poetry, and Calligraphy," January 23, 1999–August 16, 1999.
New York. China Institute in America. "A Modern Literati's Life," February 12, 1999–June 20, 1999.
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733–1799)," October 6, 2009–January 10, 2010.