Attributed to Xia Gui (Chinese, active ca. 1195–1230)
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on silk
10 1/4 x 10 5/8 in. (26 x 27 cm)
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Purchase, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, by exchange, 1973
Not on view
The Southern Song artist, eschewing the Northern Song monumental landscape traditions of "a hundred peaks and ten thousand trees," viewed nature through the microcosm of a single pair of trees and one or two rocks suspended in an infinite void. In this scene of unbounded space, vigorous wet-ink lines and dots against broad flat sweeps of ink wash define forms with startling boldness.
Inscription: Collector's seals
Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C.C. Wang, 1907–2003) 季遷心賞 竹裏舘
[ C. C. Wang Family , New York, until 1973; sold to MMA]
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 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. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bridging East and West: The Chinese Diaspora and Lin Yutang," September 15, 2007–February 10, 2008.