Drunk in Autumn Woods

Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) Chinese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 215

Exploring the theme of intoxication, Shitao makes us reel with the unsteadiness of his figures and landscape. He probably created this picture to commemorate an autumn outing in the hills with friends. The three inscriptions testify to the pleasure and pride that Shitao took in his achievement; they make it clear that the exhilaration experienced by the friends was inspired by nature, poetry, conviviality, and creativity as well as wine.

In an instant, mists and clouds can return to their
primeval form;
Red trees fill the skies, spreading fire through
the heavens.
I invite you, sir, to get very drunk on my black
Lie down and watch the frosted forest as falling
leaves swirl.

#7306. Drunk in Autumn Woods

Drunk in Autumn Woods, Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) (Chinese, 1642–1707), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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