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南宋 傳閻次于 松壑隱棲圖 團扇
Hermitage by a Pine-covered Bluff

Artist:
Attributed to Yan Ciyu (Chinese, act. ca. 1164–81)
Period:
Song dynasty (960–1279)
Date:
second half of the 12th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
(a): 8 7/16 x 9 1/16 in. (21.4 x 23 cm), b): 8 1/2 x 9 1/16 in. (21.6 x 23 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Purchase, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Milbank and Gift of Mary Phelps Smith, in memory of Howard Caswell Smith, by exchange, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.121.12a, b
Not on view
This choice corner of nature, intimate and secluded in feeling, epitomizes the landscape painting of the early Southern Song Painting Academy. The exacting delineation of rocks, foliage, and gnarled tree trunks recalls Northern Song techniques, while the soft reeds of the marsh and the misty distance display the simpler, more suggestive style of the Southern Song. Considerably smaller than the tall hanging scrolls and large handscrolls favored by Northern Song artists, fan paintings were ideally suited to the highly focused visions of the Southern Song period.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal

Colophon

Li Zuoxian 李佐賢 (1807–1876), 4 columns in semi-cursive script, undated; 1 seal:

此幅舊簽題郭熙 《江村清夏圖》。按熙河南温縣人,故又稱郭河陽,為御院藝學,見 《宣和畫譜》。山水師李成,獨步一時。竹朋 [印]: 李佐賢印

Collectors’ seals

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1907–2003)
Jiqian xinshang 季遷心賞

Unidentified
Gu ? pingsheng zhenshang 固囗平生真賞

Illegible: 2
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Song and Yuan Paintings: Exhibition of Newly Acquired Chinese Paintings," November 1, 1973–January 20, 1974.

London. British Museum. "Song and Yuan Paintings," November 7, 1975–January 4, 1976.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Summer Mountains: The Timeless Landscape," April 9, 1976–October 3, 1976.

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

New York. China Institute in America. "West Lake and the Mapping of Southern Song Art," September 13, 2001–December 9, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Painting, Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," August 28, 2004–February 20, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings," March 1, 2008–August 10, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats," August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection II," May 7, 2016–October 11, 2016.

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