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明 佚名 倣郭忠恕摹王維輞川圖 卷
Wangchuan Villa

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Artist:
In the Style of Guo Zhongshu (Chinese, died 977)
Period:
Ming (1368–1644) or Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
16th–17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
12 1/2 in. × 16 ft. 1 in. (31.8 × 490.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.220.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
The eighth-century poet and painter Wang Wei was so taken with the beauty of his country estate that he decided to celebrate it with a cycle of twenty poems extolling various sites on the property and a painted handscroll that depicted the grounds. The poems have been part of the core curriculum for students of Chinese literature for a millennium, and though the original painting was lost long ago, its composition has survived in the form of rubbings and painted copies. This excellent copy merges the naïve architectural forms of the original composition with the elegant painterly sensibility of the sixteenth-century followers of Wen Zhengming (1470–1559).
Inscription: Colophons purport to be: 1. Zhao Yong (n.d.) transcribing the 20(?) poems of Wang Wei; 2. Yüan Nan (n.d.) (also a Yuan person?)

Translation of inscriptions: On the label outside the scroll is written as follows: "Picture representing Wangchüan, painted by Guo Zhongshu of the Song period".
At the end of the picture in small characters is written "Guo Zhongshu of Hebei copied this from the original painted by Wan Yuzheng (Wang Wei or Wang Moji) of the Tang period". Next to the picture on a separate paper are written twenty poems on the different scenes represented in the painting.

At the end of the picture in small characters is written "Guo Zhongshu of Hebei copied this from the original painted by Wan Yuzheng (Wang Wei or Wang Moji) of the Tang period". Next to the picture on a separate paper are written twenty poems on the different scenes represented in the painting.
[ John C. Ferguson , until 1913; sold to MMA]
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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