Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

清 徐揚 仙山樓閣圖 扇面
Palaces of the Immortals

Artist:
Xu Yang (Chinese, active ca. 1750–after 1776)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Date:
dated 1753
Culture:
China
Medium:
Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 6 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (15.9 x 47 cm) Sheet: 15 × 24 1/2 in. (38.1 × 62.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The B. D. G. Leviton Foundation Gift, in honor of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.132
Not on view
Xu Yang was recruited as a court painter in 1751 and became one of the Qianlong Emperor’s leading artists, culminating with his being selected in 1764 to execute the Qianlong Southern Inspection Tour. This intimate fan painting shows Xu working in a miniaturist style and a decorative blue-and-green technique that differs markedly from his typically grand imperial commissions. According to the artist’s long inscription, Xu was commanded by the emperor to paint this work as a birthday gift to a Mr. Li.

Fanciful images of Daoist paradises were suitably auspicious subjects for birthday gifts. Using the archaic blue-and-green landscape style, Xu demonstrates his mastery of this mode with dense mineral colors accented with gold highlights and detailed renderings of architectural forms.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (11 columns in standard scrip)

是箑於乾隆十八年五月初一日,寵邀御賜,頒自宸扉,揚天上之仁風,拂人間之玉露。山川交錯,圖中之景物煕煕;殿閣巍峩,象外之風光穆穆。賴億萬年,聖人之福;為千百嵗,仁者之徴。謹奉家珍,獻為君壽。徐揚恭紀,為立老壽翁先生榮慶。


Artist's seal

臣揚
[ Kaikodo LLC , New York, 2003; sold to MMA]
Related Objects

The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Six: Entering Suzhou along the Grand Canal

Artist: Xu Yang (Chinese, active ca. 1750–after 1776) and assistants Date: dated 1770 Medium: Handscroll; ink and color on silk Accession: 1988.350a–d On view in:Gallery 216

The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Four: The Confluence of the Huai and Yellow Rivers (Qianlong nanxun, juan si: Huang Huai jiaoliu)

Artist: Xu Yang (Chinese, active ca. 1750–after 1776) and assistants Date: dated 1770 Medium: Handscroll; ink and color on silk, lacquer box Accession: 1984.16a–c On view in:Not on view

Ink Landscapes with Poems

Artist: Gong Xian (Chinese, 1619–1689) Date: dated 1688 Medium: Album of sixteen paintings; ink on paper Accession: 1981.4.1a–o On view in:Not on view