Art/ Collection/ Art Object

近代 齊白石 明鐙夜雨樓圖 軸
Lamp-lit Pavilion on a Rainy Night

Artist:
Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864–1957)
Date:
dated 1933
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
21 7/8 x 18 3/8 in. (55.6 x 46.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.215
Not on view
This work, painted when Qi was seventy-one, evokes a contemplative, even melancholy, mood. Broad streaks of wash and saturated blobs of ink convey a sense of moisture-suffused darkness and lonely isolation. A two-story hall, nearly engulfed by the dark silhouettes of the trees, offers the only sanctuary from the night, its uninked walls and interior standing forth as the sole bright spot in the picture. A scholar seated by a window reads a book by the light of a single lamp.
Even though Qi had been a resident of Beijing for fifteen years when he painted this work, he still felt like a stranger there and had a lingering nostalgia for the simpler existence of his childhood home. His confidence in his own vision and his refusal to sink into sentimentality are demonstrated by his boldly brushed dedication, written in the sharp blocky stele style that stands in stark contrast to the soft blurry quality of the image.
Signature: Qi Huang, painted in Peking
Dated spring, early in the second month 1933

Artist's inscription; Dedicated to the poet Youmei

Artist's seal: Laobai (square, white characters)

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth , New York, until 1986; donated to MMA
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Style and Expressionism: Modern Chinese Painting," November 4, 1989–January 14, 1990.

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. "Between Two Cultures: A Selection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," January 30, 2001–August 19, 2001.

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