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清 石濤 (朱若極) 秋林人醉圖 軸 紙本
Drunk in Autumn Woods

Artist:
Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) (Chinese, 1642–1707)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
ca. 1702
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 63 3/8 x 27 3/4 in. (161 x 70.5 cm) Overall with mounting: 107 1/2 x 33 3/8 in. (273.1 x 84.8 cm) Overall with knobs: 107 1/2 x 36 7/8 in. (273.1 x 93.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of John M. Crawford Jr., 1987
Accession Number:
1987.202
Not on view
Exploring the theme of intoxication, Shitao makes us reel with the unsteadiness of his figures and landscape. He probably created this picture to commemorate an autumn outing in the hills with friends. The three inscriptions testify to the pleasure and pride that Shitao took in his achievement; they make it clear that the exhilaration experienced by the friends was inspired by nature, poetry, conviviality,
and creativity as well as wine.

In an instant, mists and clouds can return to their
primeval form;
Red trees fill the skies, spreading fire through
the heavens.
I invite you, sir, to get very drunk on my black
brushstrokes;
Lie down and watch the frosted forest as falling
leaves swirl.
Inscription: Artist’s inscriptions and signatures

(8 columns in semi-cursive script)

常年閉戶卻尋常,出郭郊原忽恁狂。
細路不逢多揖客,野田息背選詩郎。謂倪永清處士。
也非契闊因同調,如此歡娛一解裳。
大咲寶城今日我,滿天紅樹醉文章。
昨年與蘇易門、蕭徵又過寶城,看一帶紅葉,大醉而歸,戲作此詩,未寫此 圖。今年余奉訪松臯先生,觀枉時為公所畫竹西卷子。公云:“吾欲思老翁以萬點硃砂胭脂亂塗大抹《秋林人醉》一紙,翁以為然否?”余云:“三日後報命。”歸來發大癡顛,戲為之並題。

(9 columns in clerical script):

白雲紅樹埜田間,去者去兮還者還。
昨日郊原憑放眼,七珍八寶鬭青山。
人同草木一齊醉,脫盡西風試醒時。
大雅不知何者是,老來情性慣尋癡。
昔虎頭有三絕,吾今有三癡:人癡、語癡、畫癡。真癡何可得也。今余以此癡呈我松翁者,則吾真癡得之矣,索發一咲。清湘陳人大滌子濟青蓮草閣

(10 columns in semi-cursive script):

頃刻煙雲能復古,滿空紅樹漫燒天。
請君大醉烏毫底,臥看霜林落葉旋。
次日復題一絕寄上松臯先生一咲。清湘又。

Artist’s seals

Chi jue 癡絕
Qingxiang Laoren 清湘老人
Toubai yiran bu shizi 頭白依然不識字
Gaohuangzi Ji 膏肓子濟
Gongyang tianhe 供養天和
Azhang 阿長
Soujin qifeng da caogao 搜盡奇峰打草稿

Collectors’ seals

Gao Xiang高翔 (1688–1753)
Gao Fenggang jieguan yiguo 高鳳岡借觀一過

Zhang Daqian 張大千 (Chang Dai-chien, 1899–1983)
Daqian Jushi gongyang bai shi zhi yi 大千居士供養百石之一
Dafeng Tang Jianjiang Kuncan Xuege Kugua moyuan 大風堂漸江髡殘雪箇苦瓜墨緣

Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford, Jr., 1913–1988)
Gu Luofu 顧洛阜
Hanguang Ge 漢光閣
Hanguang Ge Zhu Gu Luofu jiancang Zhongguo gudai shuhua zhi zhang 漢光閣主顧洛阜鑒藏中國古代書畫之章

Unidentified
Yulan Tang zhenshang 郁蘭堂珍賞
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