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近代 寧斧成 蘭石圖 軸
Orchid and Rock

Artist:
Ning Fucheng (Chinese, 1897–1966)
Date:
20th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
54 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (139.1 x 34.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.291
Not on view
Ning Fucheng, an amateur, was a painter's painter. He lived modestly working as a clerk and studying Han and Qin seal scripts while painting on his own. He exhibited his works only briefly in the 1960s. His paintings, often done with his fingernail and his seal-carving style made a deep impression on other painters.

The man's character is well reflected in the image he chose for this painting—an orchid, unattended, clinging to the crevices of an isolated rock, unleashing its intense fragrance into the mountain air.
Signature: Fucheng
Undated

Artist's seals: 1. Ninggong (square, red characters)
2. Here is a particular flavor (square, red characters)

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1986; donated to MMA)
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Style and Expressionism: Modern Chinese Painting," November 4, 1989–January 14, 1990.

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