近代 傅抱石 揮弦送鴻圖 軸 Playing the Qin and Watching Geese in Flight
Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on bark paper
14 1/4 x 23 3/4 in. (36.2 x 60.3 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
Fu Baoshi's growing sense of isolation as the political situation worsened in 1948 is apparent in this painting, which he did in Nanjing in March of that year. The depiction of a scholar strumming a zither at the edge of a desolate flood plain crisscrossed with waterways was inspired by the story of Boya, a legendary zither player whose teacher brought him to the island of the immortals in order to teach him how to play expressively. In Fu's interpretation, the figure of Boya is silhouetted against a marshy expanse, while his servant, huddled against an embankment, appears oblivious to his master's playing. A delicate formation of descending geese, suspended in the moist atmosphere, evokes the fleeting tones of Boya's music. The figure's erect posture may signal Fu's resolve to continue working, even in the face of an uncertain future.
Signature: Baoshi Dated: the first day of the third month, 1948
Artist's seals: 1. Fu (square, red characters) 2. Always when drunk (rectangular, red characters)
Marking: Collector's seals: 1. Boney (rectangular, red characters) 2. Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Collection
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth , New York, until 1986; donated to MMA
New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery. "Contemporary Chinese Paintings," February 24, 1987–May 4, 1987.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Painting: Selections from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," February 2, 1988–September 25, 1988.
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Style and Expressionism: Modern Chinese Painting," November 4, 1989–January 14, 1990.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Between Two Cultures: A Selection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," January 30, 2001–August 19, 2001.