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明/清 傳陳洪綬 青綠山水圖 軸
Landscape in the Blue-and-Green Manner

Artist:
Chen Hongshou (Chinese, 1599–1652)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
dated 1633
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 92 3/4 x 30 5/8 in. (235.6 x 77.8 cm) Overall with mounting: 126 5/8 x 34 5/8 in. (321.6 x 87.9 cm) Overall with rollers: 126 5/8 x 37 5/8 in. (321.6 x 95.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.278.1
Not on view
Between the ages of ten and twenty, Chen Hongshou studied painting in Hangzhou with the professional artist Lan Ying (1585–1664), with whom he must have trained by copying Song and Song-style pictures in the local Zhejiang tradition. In his mature years, however, Chen played on the mannerisms and formal distortions of contemporary Song imitations, turning the debased features of this worn-out tradition into elements of a new archaism infused with a highly personal sense of ironic melancholy.

In this monumental landscape Chen alludes to the antique blue-and-green style in his use of flat planes of color, patterned foliage, and boldly contoured trees and rocks. Yet the exaggerated landscape forms and stylized banks of mist accentuate the unreality of the archaic conventions, emphasizing the isolation of the sensitively drawn gentleman and his attendant, whose presence gives the scene a troubling psychological edge.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in semi-cursive script):

癸酉仲冬谿山陳洪綬寫于起馥樓。


Artist's seals

Hongshou 洪綬
Zhanghou 章侯
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse , New York (until 1972; donated to MMA)
Jerusalem. Israel Museum, Bezalel National Museum. "In Pursuit of Antiquity: Chinese paintings from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse," October 15, 1974–November 15, 1974.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "Fakes and Forgeries," July 11, 1975–September 11, 1975.

Cambridge. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums. "The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting," February 15, 1979–April 30, 1979.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.

Princeton University Art Museum. "Brush, Implication & Consequence-landscape of Ming and Qing [Ch'ing] China (1368–1911)," April 4, 1998–June 14, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.

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