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清 王翬 溪山雨霽圖 軸
Clearing after Rain over Streams and Mountains

Artist:
Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1662
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 44 7/8 x 17 7/8 in. (114 x 45.4 cm) Overall with mounting: 103 1/2 x 24 1/4 in. (262.9 x 61.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 103 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (262.9 x 69.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.141
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 213
Freely adapting elements traditionally associated with Juran (act. ca. 960–85)—conical mountains defined by "hemp-fiber" texture strokes and topped by dense groves or clusters of boulders interspersed with foliage dots—and mixing them with the "cloudy mountains" imagery of Mi Youren (1074–1151), Wang has dematerialized the tenth-century master's substantial forms by paring down motifs, flattening forms into calligraphic patterns, and using subtly graded ink washes to evoke a serene landscape cloaked in clouds and mist. While the painting's moist atmosphere is characteristic of Juran, the seamless progression of repeated triangular hills from front to back reveals Wang's method of integrating pictorial elements within a zigzag compositional pattern he called a "dragon vein."

Done when the artist was only thirty, the luminous ink tones and perfectly controlled lyrical composition are characteristic of works from the artist's early period.
#7691. Clearing after Rain over Streams and Mountains
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Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (3 columns in standard script)

壬寅五月上澣倣巨然 《溪山雨霽圖》。虞山王翬

Artist's seal

王翬之印

Label strip

Zhang Daqian 張大千 (1899–1983), 1 column in semi-cursive script, undated:

王石谷 《溪山雨霽圖》,大風堂藏。

Collectors' seals

Zhang Daqian 張大千 (1899–1983)
大風堂珍玩

Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford, Jr., 1913–1988)
漢光閣主顧洛阜鑒藏中國古代書畫之章
漢光閣
顧洛阜
John M. Crawford Jr. , New York (until d. 1988; bequeathed to MMA)
London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Collection of John M. Crawford, Jr.," June 17, 1965–August 1, 1965.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art," February 10, 2007–August 26, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632–1717)," September 9, 2008–January 4, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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