Lofty Scholar among Streams and Mountains, Wang Jian (Chinese, 1609–1677 or 1688), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, China

清 王鑑 倣巨然《溪山高士圖》 軸 紙本
Lofty Scholar among Streams and Mountains

Artist:
Wang Jian (Chinese, 1609–1677 or 1688)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 72 x 33 in. (182.9 x 83.8 cm)
Overall with mounting: 107 1/2 x 38 1/4 in. (273.1 x 97.2 cm)
Overall with knobs: 107 1/2 x 42 1/2 in. (273.1 x 108 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Douglas Dillon, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.117.1
Not on view
In this work, Wang Jian emulates the tenth-century painter Juran, considered one of the fountainheads of literati painting by Wang and his cohort. In his inscription, Wang states that he made this painting from memory in response to a work by Juran he had once seen.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (7 columns in semi-cursive script)

巨然《溪山高士圖》出自内府,為大司空劉敬仲先生所藏。余在長安時曾見過,今不知流落誰手。雨窗閒坐,漫思其意為之,不求其形似也。王鑑


Artist's seals

弇山堂
王鑑之印
亷州太守章
Douglas Dillon , New York (until 1991; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Traditional Scholarly Values at the End of the Qing Dynasty: The Collection of Weng Tonghe (1830–1904)," June 30, 1998–January 3, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "When the Manchus Ruled China: Painting under the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)," February 2, 2002–August 18, 2002.

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