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近代 石魯 華山蒼松圖 軸
Stately Pines on Mount Hua

Artist:
Shi Lu (Chinese, 1919–1982)
Date:
ca. 1972
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
53 3/4 x 27 3/8 in. (136.6 x 69.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.351
Not on view
Having openly criticized the Gang of Four in 1969, Shi Lu took refuge in the wilderness near Xi'an. After a year he sought asylum in the hospital where he had been treated earlier for schizophrenia and alcoholism.
In the early 1970s his compositions were distilled to a new clarity. His highly individual technique of pushing the brush like a carver's tool became more expressive. He repeatedly found inspiration in China's sacred western peak Mount Hua, whose name is synonymous with the enduring character of both the landscape and the nation. The theme of Shi Lu's poem is noble spirits persevering in the face of adversity:
I love the many pines on Mount Hua,
Tall, noble, and dignified,
Their trunks climbing skyward to compete with the sun
and moon.
Weathering the bitter winds,
Shaking their branches, they reach for the border of heaven.
Bestride blue dragons, they hold their heads aloft.
Lifting the clouds they stand.
Ceaselessly they push against the sky.
(Wen Fong, trans., Between Two Cultures: Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art [New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001], pp. 234-37)
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in semi-cursive script)

吾愛華山松,高高且重重。
擧緣[椽]爭日月,曆嵗耐寒風。
搖臂摩天嶺,昂首跨蒼龍。
擧雲成不朽,不寧鬨天沖。

石魯

Artist’s seal

石魯

Collector’s seal

An Siyuan 安思遠 (Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, 1929–2014)
安思遠藏
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