Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
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.