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明/清 王鐸 山水圖 軸
Mountain Landscape

Artist:
Wang Duo (Chinese, 1592–1652)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1651
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
46 1/8 x 21 5/8 in. (117.2 x 54.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.214.149
Not on view
Wang Duo, believing that "the creation of extraordinary landscape scenery comes first," returned to the monumental landscape motifs of the Northern Song to express his dissatisfaction with Dong Qichang's (1555–1636) credo: "In considering the wonders of brush and ink,
landscape cannot compete with painting." This scroll, executed one year before Wang's death, is an eloquent statement of his fondness for pictorial content. Known more for his calligraphy than for his painting, Wang reduced the rich detail of tenth- and eleventh-century landscapes to simple graphic conventions. Heavily contoured trees, many with leafless, stubby branches; schematic dotting on the summits of the mountain peaks; and starkly outlined rock formations all recall the tenth century master Fan Kuan. The prominence of figures, buildings, and pathways, in striking contrast to the generally uninhabited landscapes of Dong Qichang, emphasizes the Song idea that paintings should be places in which to wander and dwell.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (7 columns in semi-cursive script)

畫之皴法十餘家,非一例論也。如字之諸體,可一轍議乎?此道甚難,略識于是。四月初六日薄暮又識。
辛卯四月初六日,朝中歸,過飲憲石[劉正宗,1594–1661]學士逋齋,許以畫,是日日夕即點染此幅奉憲公。順治辛卯三月廿三日畫。此一行三月書也。王鐸畫於長安。


Artist’s seals

王鐸之印
太保圖書


Label strip

Deng Erya 鄧爾疋 (1883–1954), 1 column in seal script, undated; 1 seal:

明王鐸《秋山高隱圖》,神品 [印]:爾疋


Collector’s seal

曹家麒 (1894–1969)
曹氏石卿珍藏
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