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Artist:
Tang Yin (Chinese, 1470–1524)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Eight album leaves mounted as a handscroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image (All leaves): 12 3/4 x 162 7/8 in. (32.4 x 413.7 cm) Overall with mounting: 13 1/16 x 306 5/16 in. (33.2 x 778 cm) Image (Leaf 1): 12 3/4 x 17 in. (32.4 x 43.2 cm) Image (Leaf 2): 12 3/4 x 17 in. (32.4 x 43.2 cm) Image (Leaf 3): 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. (32.4 x 42.9 cm) Image (Leaf 4): 12 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. (32.4 x 42.5 cm) Image (Leaf 5): 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. (32.4 x 42.9 cm) Image (Leaf 6): 12 3/4 x 16 13/16 in. (32.4 x 42.7 cm) Image (Leaf 7): 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. (32.4 x 42.9 cm) Image (Leaf 8): 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. (32.4 x 42.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Douglas Dillon, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.81
Not on view
A brilliant scholar whose official career was cut short by his inadvertent involvement in an examination scandal in 1499, Tang Yin spent his life pursuing the diversions of an eccentric scholarly playboy; his adventures eventually entered popular legend. While most of his paintings reflect a pleasure-loving existence, this melancholy album explores the themes of struggle, sadness, and the refuge of solitude.

While most of his fellow painters in the Suzhou area adopted the calligraphic styles of the Yuan scholar-artists, Tang was able to use the more descriptive ink-wash idiom of the Southern Song masters, particularly that of Li Tang (ca. 1070s–ca. 1150s), to portray realistic scenery. This series of leaves shows extraordinary subtlety in portraying the changing effects of weather and season as well as poetic and psychological moods.
Inscription: Artist’s inscriptions and signatures

Leaf A (4 columns in semi-cursive script)

潯陽未必是天涯,兩岸風清蘆荻花。
誰是舟中白司馬,滿江明月聼琵琶。

唐寅畫。

Leaf B (5 columns in semi-cursive script)

匝塢連岡十里松,綠陰深處小橋通。
擕琴欲扣吟邊社,雲上風騷不可窮。

晉昌唐寅

Leaf C (5 columns in semi-cursive script)

古木深深覆草廬,江湖無際碧天舒。
臨軒盡日悠然坐,雅志應知不在魚。

唐寅

Leaf D (3 columns in semi-cursive script)

蕭寺空山晚,危橋古澗秋。
愴惶行簇簇,何處店堪投。

唐寅

Leaf E (5 columns in semi-cursive script)

狼藉驚飛雨,心危路轉賒。
帘搖見遠浦,懽喜是黃家。

唐寅

Leaf F (4 columns in semi-cursive script)

野水荒亭氣象幽,山深應少客來遊。
啼禽欲歇煙霞瞑,一對西風落葉秋。

唐寅

Leaf G (5 columns in semi-cursive script)

紅樹中間飛白雲,黃茅簷底界斜曛。
此中大有消遙處,難說於君畫與君。

唐寅

Leaf H (4 columns in semi-cursive script)

寒雪朝來幾朔風,萬山開遍玉芙蓉。
酒深尚覺冰生腳,何事溪橋有客蹤。

晉昌唐寅


Artist’s seals

唐子畏 (Leaf A, D, F)
學圃堂印 (Leaf A, C, D, F)
唐寅私印 (Leaf B, G, H)
唐白虎 (Leaf B, E, H)
吳趨 (Leaf B, C, G, H)
六如居士 (Leaf A, E)


Inscriptions on the paintings

Wen Zhengming 文徵明 (1470–1559)

Leaf C (4 columns in standard script, undated; 2 seals):

秋色離離到草堂,早看疏葉點新霜。
道人自得蕭閒味,睡*攤書映夕陽 起。

徵明題。 [印]:徵、明

Leaf F (4 columns in standard script, undated; 2 seals):

夕陽緩轡傍江干,湖水西風颯颯寒。
正是詩翁詩就*,一痕山色落吟鞍。處

徵明題。 [印]:徵、明


Label Strip

Unidentified artist, 1 column in semi-cursive script, dated dinghai year:

明唐伯虎詩畫圖卷神品,文衡山題識。丁亥冬宣閣署。


Frontispiece

Wen Zhengming 文徵明 (1470–1559), 4 large characters in clerical script followed by 1 column in semi-cursive script, undated; 2 seals:

六如墨妙
徵明 [印]:文徵明印、衡山


Colophon

Wen Zhengming 文徵明 (1470–1559), 9 columns in semi-cursive script, dated 1528; 3 seals:

右唐子畏筆,子畏意高筆奇,每囗所作,自別一家。余曾未見其摹本,此冊獨不出己意,全師古人,而又非繩趨尺步,如彼效顰者、摹古而不化者也。勝國諸君信無能出其右矣。時嘉靖戊子四月,文徵明書於玉磬山房。 [印]:文徵明印、衡山、停雲


Collectors’ seals

Di Xuegeng 狄學耕 (19th c.)
溧陽狄學耕字曼農一字稼生
種石軒
曼農平生真賞
嗜好與俗殊酸咸

Mu Si 穆思 (Earl Morse, active mid-20th c.)
穆思收藏名跡
穆思珍藏

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1907–2003)
震澤王氏寳武堂圖書記
季遷珍藏
寳武堂
震澤王氏季遷收藏印
懷雲樓鋻賞書畫之記

Wu Chengde 吳承德 (Unidentified)
吳承德印 (Leaf B, C, H)
承德 (Leaf A, D, E, F)
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse , New York (by 1969–76; sold to Dillon); ; Douglas Dillon , New York (until 1980; donated to MMA)
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