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

Artist:
Attributed to 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."
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (6 columns in semi-cursive script)

菰蒲倒影弄雲漪,如有熏風起墨池。
露濕紅衣墜金粉,暗香殘夜納涼時。

甲子長夏,青溪水榭觀荷得此意,隨筆點刷,取其興會,不求形似也。南田壽平


Artist's seals

南田小隱
惲正叔
壽平
[ Jean-Pierre Dubosc , by 1982] ; Marie-Hélène Weill , (New York, until 1982)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peach Blossom Spring," November 21, 1983–June 3, 1984.

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.

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