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近代 徐悲鴻 柏樹 軸
Cypress Tree

Artist:
Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895–1953)
Date:
dated 1935
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
38 7/8 x 12 1/2 in. (98.7 x 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.193
Not on view
Xu Beihong returned to China from Europe in 1927 and headed the art Department of Liangjiang Normal College in Nanjing, later part of the National Central University. Believing that the reform of Chinese painting required the assimilation of Western methods, Xu strongly criticized the slavish imitation of ancient masters and urged artists to "adopt the materials and techniques invented to depict real objects."

Cypress Tree resembles a calligraphic performance in its bravura handling of brush and ink, but the attention to light and shade along the trunk and the layered daubs of ink used to suggest foliage reveal Xu's continued commitment to Western-style realism.
Signature: Beihong
Dated early winter 1935

Artist's seal: Beihong (square, white characters)

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
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