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近代 蕪菁芥菜圖 軸
Radishes and Mustard Greens

Artist:
Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899–1983)
Period:
Republic period
Date:
ca. 1965
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 34 1/2 x 17 5/8 in. (87.6 x 44.8 cm) Overall with mounting: 93 7/8 x 25 1/4 in. (238.4 x 64.1 cm) Overall with knobs: 93 7/8 x 29 in. (238.4 x 73.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Lin Yutang Family Collection, Gift of Richard M. Lai, Jill Lai Miller, and Larry C. Lai, in memory of Taiyi Lin Lai, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.509.24
Not on view
In his inscription to this painting, Zhang Daqian pays homage to Lin Yutang's admiration both for humor and for Su Shi by quoting a humorous line from Su Shi's poem "On Eating Light." It reads: "Radishes give birth to sons and mustard greens have grandsons." Su Shi was trying to eliminate meat from his diet in observance of the Buddhist decree not to kill. One can eat radishes and mustard greens without guilt because they continue to propagate after being harvested. Although Zhang Daqian became a vegetarian in the last few years of his life, he was still an unabashed meat-eater when he painted this scroll.
Signature: Artist's inscription and signature (10 columns in cursive script):

Artist's seals:
Zhang Yuan Daqian fu
Dafeng Tang
Niyan
Jia zai xinan changzuo dongnan bie

Artist's seals
張爰大千父 Zhang Yuan Daqian fu
大風堂 Dafeng Tang
昵燕 Ni yan
家在西南常作東南別 Jia zai xinan changzuo dongnan bie (“Born in the southwest, I often stay in the southeast.”)

Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (10 columns in cursive script)[1]

Radishes give birth to sons and mustard greens have grandsons. This line is from old Po [Su Shi, 1037–1101]. Painted for [Lin] Yutang, my senior, for his amusement and correction.
Daqian, your junior, Yuan, respectfully sending this from the Garden of Eight Virtues (Bade Yuan) in San Paolo

蘿菔生兒芥有孫。坡翁句也。寫博語堂吾兄哂正。
大千弟爰三巴八德園寄呈。

Artist’s seals

Zhang Yuan Daqian fu 張爰大千父
Dafeng Tang 大風堂
Ni yan 昵燕
Jia zai xinan changzuo dongnan bie 家在西南常作東南別 (“Born in the southwest, I often stay in the southeast.”)

Collectors’ seal

Li Ming 黎明 (Richard M. Lai, 1920–2011) and Lin Taiyi 林太乙 (Taiyi Lin Lai, 1926–2003)
Li Lin 黎林


[1] Documentation from Shi-yee Liu, Straddling East and West: Lin Yutang, A Modern Literatus: The Lin Yutang Family Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, no. 14, p. 65.

Marking: Collector's seal:
Li Ming (Richard Lai, 1920 - )
Li Lin

Collectors’ seal
黎林 Li Lin [Li Ming 黎明 (Richard Lai, b. 1920) and Lin Taiyi林太乙 (Taiyi Lin Lai, 1926–2003)]
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