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元 王蒙 蕭林寂亭圖 團扇
Sparse Trees and Pavilion

Artist:
Wang Meng (Chinese, ca. 1308–1385)
Period:
late Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
ca. 1361
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 9 7/8 x 11 1/8 in. (25.1 x 28.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, From the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Family Collection, Gift of Oscar L. Tang, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.438.2
Not on view
Wang Meng painted and inscribed this fan for the poet Chen Ruzhi (1329–1385) about 1361, when Chen came to the Hangzhou area to escape rebel uprisings near his home in Lushan, Jiangsu Province. This intimate painting and poem portray Chen as Wang knew him—as a homeless refugee living in rustic seclusion near Wang's home at Yellow Crane Mountain. Wang's poem reads:

In the empty grove the whistling wind makes the leaves dance;
The thatch pavilion is lonely under the noonday sun.
All day long a southerly wind ripples the green waves;
In a gauze cap of coarse hemp one feels no trace of summer's heat.
This rustic's dwelling is near Yellow Crane Peak;
In the evening he enters a deserted grotto and listens to the mountain rain.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signatures

(1 column in standard script)

Shuming

叔明

(3 columns in standard script)

In the empty grove the whistling wind makes the leaves dance;
The thatch pavilion is silent, the sun stands at high noon.
All day long the south wind caresses the green waves;
With a gauze cap of coarse hemp one feels no trace of summer's heat.
This rustic’s dwelling is near Yellow Crane Peak;
In the evening he enters a deserted grotto and listens to the mountain rain.[1]
Shuming [Wang Meng] inscribed this for [Chen] Weiyin.

空林蕭蕭葉自舞,草亭寂寂日卓午。
綠波終日受南風,紗巾葛綌無纖暑。
野人家近黃鶴峯,暮入空巖聽山雨。
叔明為惟寅題。

Artist's seals

Wang Meng yin 王蒙印 (twice)
Illegible: [1]

Collectors’ seals

Kong Guangtao 孔廣陶 (active ca. 1851–1854)
孔氏鑒定

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1907–2003)
季遷心賞

Unidentified
一丘一壑

[1] Translation from Department records.
Oscar L. Tang , New York (until 1991; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art," February 10, 2007–August 26, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632–1717)," September 9, 2008–January 4, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change," August 21, 2010–January 9, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats," August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013.

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