Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on alum paper
8 3/8 x 26 7/8 in. (21.3 x 68.3 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
Jin Cheng's commitment to traditional values in painting is evident in this fan in his recollection of the style of the tenth century landscape master Dong Yuan.
Signature: Wuxing Jin Cheng Undated
Artist's seals: Seal of Jin Cheng (square, white characters)
Artist's inscription: "Done in the style of Dong Beiyuan" [Dong Yuan, ?–962]
A poem written in actional script: "The plains stretch far into the distance, Utterly flat without a single hill. Can a thousand cash buy the song of a bird? Can ten thousand horses neigh as loud as the wind roars? Could Du Fu the brilliant poet have run an onion shop? Could Wang Rong, the elegant official have been a bartender? I grew old and mad for no reason- But a tall man is not necessarity better than a dwarf." [Trans. by J. Chaves, C.C.]
Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (two)
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1986; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Painting: Selections from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," February 2, 1988–September 25, 1988.