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明 盛茂曄 唐詩意山水圖 冊
Landscapes after Tang Poems

Artist:
Sheng Maoye (Chinese, active ca. 1615–ca. 1640)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
mid 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album of six paintings; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
.1: 11 1/4 x 12 in. (28.6 x 30.5 cm) .2: 11 1/4 x 12 in. (28.6 x 30.5 cm) .3: 11 5/8 x 12 in. (29.5 x 30.5 cm) .4: 11 1/4 x 12 in. (28.6 x 30.5 cm) .5: 11 7/8 x 12 in. (30.2 x 30.5 cm) .6: 11 5/8 x 12 in. (29.5 x 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Sackler Fund, 1969
Accession Number:
69.242.1–.6
Not on view
Sheng Maoye, a professional painter active in his native Suzhou, shows in his work a lively interest in the shifting atmospheric effects of landscapes in mist and rain or of clouds at twilight or dawn. In these album leaves, images suggested by couplets excerpted from Tang-dynasty (618–907) poems provided the springboard for the artist's imagination. Sheng's interest in exploring the descriptive potentials
of monochrome ink—sometimes with the addition of pale colors—to suggest different states of atmospheric realism was shared by his contemporaries in the Nanjing area, including Fan Qi (1616–after 1694) and Gong Xian (1619–1689).
Inscription: Artist's inscriptions and signatures

Leaf 1 (3 columns in semi-cursive script)

高樹曉還密,遠山晴更多。
盛茂曄

Leaf 2 (3 columns in semi-cursive script)

簷花點寒溜,石磴掃芳雲。
盛茂曄

Leaf 3 (3 columns in semi-cursive script)

鳥宿池邊樹,僧敲月下門。
盛茂曄

Leaf 4 (2 columns in semi-cursive script)

千峰孤竹外,片雨一更中。
盛茂曄

Leaf 5 (3 columns in semi-cursive script)

雞聲茆店月,人跡板橋霜。
盛茂曄

Leaf 6 (2 columns in semi-cursive script)

霧隱平郊樹,風含廣岸波。
盛茂曄

Artist’s seals

Yuhua 與華 (on each leaf)
Youxin qiuhuo 游心丘壑 (on each leaf)

Collectors’ seals

Huang Bohou 黃伯厚 (19世紀)
禺北黃氏伯厚珍藏 (on each leaf)

Unidentified
孔毅審定 (Leaf 3)
孔毅所藏 (Leaf 5 and 6)
稻香草廬藏寳 (Leaf 2 and 3)

Illegible: 1
囗田
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