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明 藍瑛 紅友圖 軸
Red Friend

Artist:
Lan Ying (Chinese, 1585–1664)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th– mid-17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 58 5/8 x 18 5/8 in. (148.9 x 47.3 cm) Overall with mounting: 85 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (217.8 x 65.1 cm) Overall with knobs: 85 3/4 x 29 in. (217.8 x 73.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, in honor of Douglas Dillon, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.26
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 215
Strangely faceted rocks—thought of as miniature mountains—have been treasured by collectors since the Tang dynasty (618–907). This portrait of a rock called Red Friend is painted without surrounding garden elements, freeing the viewer to imagine its setting.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (1 column in clerical script and 1 column in semi-cursive script)

Red Friend
I painted this at the Shenyan Tang Studio. Lan Ying

紅友
申燕堂畫此。藍瑛

Artist's seals:
Lan Ying zhi yin 藍瑛之印
Tianshu fu 田叔父

Collectors’ seals

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1907–2003)
Yuzhu Ju zhencang shuhua zhi yin 有竹居珍藏書畫之印

Mu Si 穆思 (Earl Morse, 1908–1988)
Mu Si shoucang mingji 穆思收藏名跡 (on mounting)

Unidentified
Qingxi Jianding 晴溪鋻定
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse , New York (by 1969–76; to MMA)
Zurich. Museum Rietberg. "The Passion for Rocks in China," May 17, 1998–August 30, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Scholars' Rocks: Gardens, Studios, and Paintings," February 1, 2000–August 20, 2000.

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. "The Douglas Dillon Legacy: Chinese Painting for the Metropolitan Museum," March 12, 2004–August 8, 2004.

Paris. Musée Guimet. "Rochers de lettrés itinéraires de l'art en Chine," March 25, 2012–June 25, 2012.

New York. Noguchi Museum. "Museum of Stones," October 7, 2015–January 10, 2016.

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