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清 傳惲壽平 夏夜清荷圖 軸
Lotuses on a Summer Evening

Artist:
Yun Shouping (Chinese, 1633–1690)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1684
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 82 5/16 x 38 11/16 in. (209.1 x 98.3 cm) Overall with mounting: 129 x 40 3/8 in. (327.7 x 102.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 129 x 44 3/4 in. (327.7 x 113.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill, in honor of Professor Wen Fong, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.470
Not on view
Lotuses, a tour de force of "boneless" (color washes with no ink outlines) painting on paper, shows Yun as the most brilliant and subtle colorist of his time. Although the depiction recalls the realism of Song Painting Academy flower paintings, the artist insists in his colophon that he "merely followed the inclination of [his] brushwork in making dots and washes, benefiting from exhilarating accidents and not searching for physical verisimilitude."
Signature: Artist's inscription:
"On a long summer evening in jiazi (1684), while watching lotus in a dark green pond I got in this inspiration. Freely wielding my brush, I dotted and scrubbed and in my enthusiasm, didn't attempt any likeness."
[signed] Nantian Shouping
[ Jean-Pierre Dubosc , by 1982] ; Marie-Hélène Weill , (New York, until 1982)
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