清 王翬 倣李成雪霽圖 軸 紙本 Snow Clearing: Landscape after Li Cheng
Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717)
Inscribed by Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 44 3/8 x 14 1/8 in. (112.7 x 35.9 cm)
Overall with mounting: 89 1/4 x 20 7/8 in. (226.7 x 53 cm)
Overall with knobs: 89 1/4 x 24 1/8 in. (226.7 x 61.3 cm)
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, in honor of Professor Wen Fong, 1978
Not on view
Defying the dictum of the authoritative theorist Dong Qichang (1555–1636) that "in painting it is better to be descriptively obscure rather than to be obvious," Wang Hui regarded calligraphic abstraction and mimetic representation as "the two wings of a bird." Inspired by Li Cheng's (919–967) descriptive idiom of jagged rock formations and spiky "crab-claw" wintry trees, which demand representational skill as well as calligraphic discipline, Wang's perfectly controlled lyrical composition—a snowscape of enchanted stillness-celebrates the beauty of nature.
Painted for Zhou Lianggong (1612–1672), a high-ranking official who was facing unjust charges of corruption, Wang's choice of the Li Cheng style was significant. Li's winter landscapes had long been viewed as emblems of survival in the face of adversity, so Wang's painting may be read as an expression of sympathy and encouragement.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in standard script)
On the twenty-second day of xiaochun [the tenth lunar month] in the jiyou year [November 15, 1669], just before setting out for Boxia [Nanjing] and while my boat was anchored at Piling [Changzhou, Jiangsu], I painted this Snow Clearing, after Li Cheng under candlelight. The Mountain Man of Mount Wumu, Master Stone Valley, Wang Hui inscribed.
Wumu Shanqiao 烏目山樵 Wang Hui zhi yin 王翬之印
Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1907–2003) Wang Jiqian haiwai suojian mingji 王季遷海外所見名跡
Mu Si 穆思 (Earl Morse, 1908–1988) Mu Si zhencang 穆思珍藏 Mu Si shoucang mingji 穆思收藏名跡 (on mounting)
Unidentified Zhu xue nan sheng 竹雪南生 Songjiang Li shi Zhongji zhencang yin 松江李氏中及珍藏印 Yinlü Xuan shuhua yin 蔭綠軒書畫印