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元 佚名 觀梅圖 軸
Scholar Viewing Plum Blossoms

Artist:
Unidentified Artist Chinese
Period:
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Date:
ca. 1300
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 37 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (94.6 x 29.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 71 x 16 1/8 in. (180.3 x 41 cm) Overall with knobs: 37 1/4 x 18 in. (94.6 x 45.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.153.2
Not on view
This small landscape is a rare example of the continuation of the Southern Song Painting Academy manner during the Mongol occupation. With the establishment of the native Chinese Ming dynasty in 1368, the Song style again returned to prominence as the model for the Ming Imperial Painting Academy. This painting demonstrates that practitioners of the Song style continued to work through the fourteenth century, bridging the gap between the two formal academies.

Executed in the mode of the Song master Ma Yuan (act. ca. 1190–1225), the painting continues the subject matter and vividly descriptive manner of the Song but uses more abstract outline strokes to define rocks and tree trunks, reflecting the development of a calligraphic brush style by Yuan scholar-artists.

Almost no paintings of this type survive in China; all known examples come from Japan, where this style and tall narrow format had an important influence on Japanese artists of the Muromachi period (1333–1573).
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal
Klaus F. Naumann
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Traditional Scholarly Values at the End of the Qing Dynasty: The Collection of Weng Tonghe (1830–1904)," June 30, 1998–January 3, 1999.

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 Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

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