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明 陸治 枚乘獨坐圖 軸
Mei Cheng Sitting Alone

Lu Zhi (Chinese, 1495–1576)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 48 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. (124.1 x 38.4 cm) Overall with mounting: 87 3/8 x 30 1/8 in. (221.9 x 76.5 cm) Overall with knobs: 87 3/8 x 34 1/2 in. (221.9 x 87.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Herbert and Jeanine Coyne, 1991
Accession Number:
Not on view
Signature: Artist's inscription and signature (4 columns in regular script):
Thundering torrents rush down to myriad valleys;
A thousand silvery slivers of ice fall into the golden pond.
Mei Sheng [a Han poet of fu] sits alone,
Forgetting any intention of leaving.
The waterfall refreshes one's body and mind.
(translation by Dawn Ho Delbanco, "Selections", p. 94)

Artist's seals: Lu shi Shuping (square, baiwen)
Baoshanzi (square, baiwen)

Inscription: Colophons:

Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–95), 8 columns in running script (dated 1784); 2 seals
Li Ruiqing (1867–1920), 3 columns in running script (undated); 1 seal: Qingdaoren (rect., baiwen)
Master Lu Baoshan lived in reclusion at Mount Zhixing [near Suzhou] and was a lofty scholar of the Ming. He excelled at painting figures, landscapes and bird and flower subjects and was never labored. Once I saw in the collection of my friend Ping Laolian from Jiangmeng a painting by Lu of a group of figures (?), all of which achieved the highest level of fineness and inspiration. One elegant lady could even compete with Qian Xuan's wild geese. Lu's landscapes are usually blue and green or multi-colored compositions splendid in their richness of color, they possess, however, qualities of dry spontaneity and cool aloofness. This painting alone shows the strong and mellow side of Lu's style, which is not easy to come by.
(trans. in part after Delbanco, Selections, p. 94)

Wu Changshi (1844–1927) 5 columns in running script (dated 1923); 1 seal: Laofou (rect., zhuwen)

Kang Yuwei (1858–1927), 4 columns in running script (dated 1924); 1 seal: Kang Youwei yin (rect., baiwen)

Lu Baoshan was a pupil of Shen Zhou, but the style of his painting tended to be light and casual. This painting, however, is strong and vigorous...the richness and depth certainly qualify it as a masterwork.
(trans. after Delbanco, Selections, p. 94)

Chen Zengshou (1878–1949), 3 columns in running script (undated); 1 seal: Chen Zengshou yin (rect., baiwen)

...archaic and strong, showing a direct inheritance from Dong [Yuan] and Ju[-ren].
(trans. by Delbanco, Selections, p. 94)

Marking: Collectors' seals:

Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–95), 5
Unidentified, 5

?..shi Ling? ? cang zhinshi shu hua zhiyin (right corner; rect., baiwen)

Jing? (right corner, square, baiwen)

Tingzongshanren xinshang (lower left corner; rect., zhuwen)

Fan? Xushi (lower left brocade mounting; square, baiwen)
New York. China Institute in America. "Selections of Chinese Art from Private Collections," October 15, 1986–January 4, 1987.

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