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明 趙左 谿山無盡圖 卷
Streams and Mountains without End

Artist:
Zhao Zuo (Chinese, ca. 1570–after 1630)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
Dated 1611–12
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 9 5/8 x 248 5/8 in. (24.4 x 631.5 cm) Overall with mounting: 11 3/4 x 465 3/4 in. (29.8 x 1183 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.219
Not on view
A close friend and follower of Dong Qichang (1555–1636), Zhao Zuo is said to have served occasionally as Dong's "substitute brush," or ghost painter. In this scroll, however, Zhao has followed the manner of the Yuan master Huang Gongwang (1269–1354) to create a lyrically realistic landscape in which Dong Qichang's influence is tempered by the deft use of rich washes and color. Abstract mountain forms, no doubt inspired by Dong, are softened by the painter's skillful evocation of spatial recession and hazy atmosphere. It is precisely the "professional" technical excellence and "sweetness" that distinguish Zhao's imitations from Dong's authentic works.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (4 columns in standard script):

萬曆辛亥夏五月趙左倣子久畫《谿山無盡圖》,成于壬子春三月之朔。

Artist’s seal

趙, 左

Label strip
Cheng Linsheng 程霖生 (1888–1943), 1 column in semi-cursive script, undated; 1 seal:
趙文度仿大癡卷,精品。齡孫藏。 [印]:大滌軒

Collectors' seals

Unidentified
古雲中壑之印
二十四福堂鑑定真跡
西泠王叔子
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