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清 王原祁 倣吳鎮山水圖 軸
Landscape after Wu Zhen

Artist:
Wang Yuanqi (Chinese, 1642–1715)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1695
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 42 3/4 x 20 1/4 in. (108.6 x 51.4 cm) Overall with mounting: 84 x 27 1/2 in. (213.4 x 69.9 cm) Overall with knobs: 84 x 31 3/4 in. (213.4 x 80.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.156
Not on view
According to his inscription, Wang Yuanqi did this landscape in the manner of the Yuan painter Wu Zhen (1280–1354). But in Wang's interpretation, Wu Zhen's distinctive idiom of dragged texture strokes and dotting has been used to create a densely patterned scene in which foreground and distant mountains are fused into a continuous "dragon vein" of abstract compositional energy.

Wang's poem reads:

In olden days, Wu Daozi [active 8th century] saw Fei Min perform in a sword dance, and, letting his brush fly, he did a wall painting. When Zhang Xu [active mid-8th century] saw the way the carriers balance the loads on their poles, his "draft" script became even more refined. When I saw Shao Jiuji, I joyously had a sudden insight and casually did this picture. Although past and present painters cannot reach each other, yet what the mind comprehends and the hand responds to-this means the same for all. I am giving this away for a laugh.

(Ashwin Lippe, trans., in Laurence Sickman, ed., Chinese Calligraphy and Painting in the Collection of John M. Crawford, Jr. [New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1962], p. 164)
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (8 columns in semi-cursive script)

昔吳道子見裴旻舞劍,放筆作畫壁;張旭見擔夫爭道,草書益進。余觀韶九綦欣然有會心處,漫作此圖,雖古今人迥不相及,然心得手應,其意一也,贈之以博一咲。康熙乙亥九秋倣梅道人筆。麓臺祁

Artist's seals

古期齋
王原祁印
麓臺
石師

Label strip

Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:

王麓台仿梅道人山水二軸

Collectors' seals

Gong Erduo 宮爾鐸 (1838–?)
宮子行同弟玉父寳之

Ma Jizuo 馬積祚 (20th c.)
馬積祚印
特健藥
清群簃鋻賞

Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford, Jr., 1913–1988)
漢光閣主顧洛阜鑑藏中國古代書畫之章

Unidentified
蔣囗長壽
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