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清 倣龔賢 雲山隱居圖 軸
Dwelling among Mountains and Clouds

Artist:
Gong Xian (Chinese, 1619–1689)
Calligrapher:
Inscribed by Gong Xian (Chinese, 1619–1689)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1685
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 128 x 44 1/4 in. (325.1 x 112.4 cm) Overall with mounting: 163 x 55 1/4 in. (414 x 140.3 cm) Overall with knobs: 163 x 59 3/4 in. (414 x 151.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.609
Not on view
This boldly brushed hanging scroll is a striking demonstration of the aging artist’s confidence and skill in executing works of truly monumental scale. Its subject matter—secluded dwellings in a mountain landscape—reflects Gong Xian’s detached state of mind.

The artist’s poem is inscribed at the upper right:

Where I dwell white clouds often crowd;
But only deer travel my recently opened mountain path.
How wonderful to bring wine up to the pavilion;
Letting go a pure song in the shadows of the setting sun.
Signature: To the right of the peak the artist has inscribed a seven-character quatrain. The inscription, written in five lines of large running script, may be translated as follows:
"Where I dwell is often in the clouds,
And only deer use this mountain path.
Taking wine up to the pavilion is my greatest pleasure;
Singing aloud in the shadow of the setting sun."

Two artist's seals follow the inscription: Gong Xian zhi yin; Banqian

Marking: Six collector's seals
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