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南宋 馬麟 蘭花圖 冊頁 絹本
Orchids

Artist:
Ma Lin (Chinese, ca. 1180– after 1256)
Period:
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Date:
second quarter of the 13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 10 7/16 x 8 7/8 in. (26.5 x 22.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.120.10
Not on view
This exquisite representation of an orchid, signed by Ma Lin, son of Ma Yuan (act. ca. 1190-1225), exemplifies the style of formal realism favored by the aristocratic Southern Song court. The simple asymmetrical balance of flowers and leaves, meticulously rendered in subtle shades of lavender, white, and malachite green, bespeaks a consciously aestheticizing sensibility. Such flower paintings recall late Southern Song lyric poems about flowers.
#7417. Orchids
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Inscription: Artist's signature (2 characters in standard script)

Ma Lin

馬麟

Collectors' seals

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1906–2003)
Zhuli Guan 竹裏舘
Jiqian xinshang 季遷心賞

Unidentified
Zhang Wei 張偉
Nei ? Shufang 内囗書房
C. C. Wang Family New York (by 1949–1973: sold to MMA)
New York. Asia House Gallery. "The Art of Southern Sung China," 1962.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Song and Yuan Paintings: Exhibition of Newly Acquired Chinese Paintings," November 1, 1973–January 20, 1974.

London. British Museum. "Song and Yuan Paintings," November 7, 1975–January 4, 1976.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peach Blossom Spring," November 21, 1983–June 3, 1984.

Zurich. Museum Rietberg. "The Mandate of Heaven: Emperors and Artists in China," April 2, 1996–July 7, 1996.

Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Mandate of Heaven: Emperors and Artists in China," August 3, 1996–November 10, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.

Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Roy Lichtenstein: Landscapes in the Chinese Style," November 8, 1998–February 7, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. China Institute in America. "West Lake and the Mapping of Southern Song Art," September 13, 2001–December 9, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill," September 10, 2002–February 9, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Douglas Dillon Legacy: Chinese Painting for the Metropolitan Museum," March 12, 2004–August 8, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings," March 1, 2008–August 10, 2008.

Shanghai Museum. "Masterpieces of Chinese Tang, Song and Yuan Paintings from America," November 3, 2012–January 3, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.

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