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清 王原祁 江國垂綸圖 卷
Fishing in River Country at Blossom Time

Artist:
Wang Yuanqi (Chinese, 1642–1715)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1709
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/4 x 57 1/2 in. (26 x 146.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.157
Not on view
The youngest of the "Four Wangs," Wang Yuanqi was tutored in painting by his grandfather Wang Shimin (1592–1680). Wang's knowledge of art gained official recognition in 1705, when he and four others were commanded by the Kangxi emperor (r. 1662–1722) to compile a comprehensive study of painting and calligraphy, which was published in 1708 under the title Peiwenzhai shuhua pu. According to Wang Yuanqi's inscription, this painting was inspired by a "blue-and-green" landscape by Zhao Mengfu (1254–1322) that belonged to Wang's family collection. Wang's abstract mountain shapes interconnect and coalesce to form surging "dragon veins," through which the "breath force" of the mountains is said to flow.
Inscription: Artist’s inscriptions and signatures

(5 columns in semi-cursive script)

江國綸垂,湖天花發。己丑小春,倣趙松雪似仲翁老世叔年先生正。王原祁

(10 columns in semi-cursive script)

余家舊藏千金畫冊有松雪 《花溪漁隱》 一幅,青山碧湖,桃花四面,小舟一人蕩槳中流,最爲神逸之筆。思翁易為長幅,作 《江上垂綸圖》,用 《夏山》 筆法,綠蔭周遮,流澌水草,一人垂綸小艇,亦是此意,而作用互異耳。己丑九秋積雨初晴,適公事稍暇,追憶兩圖,以臆見點*成。此卷甫成,爲爾長世兄所見,托友將意欲郵致湖湘尊大父先生,此風雅宗匠也,因以歸之。染 仲冬朔日又题於京邸穀詒堂。麓臺祁

Artist's seals

王原祁印
麓臺
御書 畫圖留與人看
王原祁
石師道人

Label strip

Zhang Boying 張伯英 (1869–after 1940), 2 columns in standard script, dated 1940; 2 seals:

王麓臺 《江國垂綸圖》。仿趙承旨著色本。庚辰秋七月,銅山張伯英獲觀因題。 [印]: 勺道人、英

Colophon

Weng Wange 翁萬戈 (Wan-go Weng, b. 1918), 18 columns in standard script, dated 1971; 2 seals:

麓臺功力以天機出之,結構緊而筆墨鬆,其境清新高逸,其意安閒恬適。開合起伏,輪廓氣勢,悠然怡然莫不中肯。吾人處城市俗氛中,一展萬慮都盡,流連忘返,其傳神處如至友談心,了無窒礙,蓋元四家、董思翁後為山水畫別開面目者也。此卷為麓臺近七旬之作,爐火純青,以松雪之秀麗典雅,參思翁之筆致疏蕩,誠希世之珍。自老友杜柏秋之手轉歸顧洛阜兄,與其寳藏法書名畫為侶,可稱得所,蒙囑書後欣然應之。自念與麓臺有緣,異域相逢,畧申仰止之忱,識者當不以唐突古人而譏之也。翁萬戈書於赫德孫畔,一九七一年九月初四。 [印]: 靜觀自得、翁萬戈書畫

Collectors' seals

Jean-Pierre Dubosc (1903–1988)
杜讓審定
柏秋氏銘心絕品

Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford, Jr., 1913–1988)
漢光閣
漢光閣主顧洛阜鑑藏中國古代書畫之章
顧洛阜
[ Jean-Pierre Dubosc , by 1989] ; John M. Crawford Jr. , (New York, until 1989)
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