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清 傳李鱓 墨竹圖 軸
Ink Bamboo

Artist:
Li Shan (Chinese, 1686–ca. 1756)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1749
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 52 x 29 1/8 in. (132.1 x 74 cm) Overall with mounting: 99 1/2 x 32 1/8 in. (252.7 x 81.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 99 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (252.7 x 90.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.161
Not on view
Signature: Inscribed, signed, dated 1749, two artist's seals

Artist's inscription:
One joint, two joints and yet another join.
The virtue of Zu Yuan, Su Wu, Goyi and Suqi.
One leaf, two leaves and yet another leaf.
The rain god, the wind god and the grotto
of Zhange.
The phrase "without bamboo [life] is vulgar"
Has been received respectfully from
Confucius down through the ages.
The old fishing pole is lost at the shore
of the Wei River.
The bamboo with the blood and teas of
Nuying and Ewang had already withered
when, in his anger, the dragon founder
[Qin Shihuang] turned the green hillside
into bare, red soil.
The young boys' temple was abandoned and the
militarist aged.
Who clasped the green jade and grasped the
tail feathers of the soaring phoenix?
Dongpo's [Su Shi's] decaying trees tangle
with the bamboo.
Ruke's [Wen Tong's] chilly branch is ten
thousand feet long.
How elegant and high-spirited are Meihua's
[Wu Zhen's] mouse-foot strokes!
[The style of] Lady Tianshui (Guan Daosheng]
is also extremely elegant.
Her green dwarf bamboo sways gracefully with
fragrance in the wind.
Qingteng [Xu Wei] continued the lineage with
his elegant style.
Who says that the bamboo master sees not his
successor?
The style and principles of the master are
followed by his disciples.
Xiangnan [Zhao Bei], Suonan [Zheng Sixiao]
and Riru [Zhu Sheng] burden others with their
painting manuals
Which now are broken up like split bamboo.
Yu Zhiding from my native region is unlike
Qieyuan [Gao Qipei].
Qieyuan is eccentric in style and Ding is
ragged.
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