These intricate ruled-line drawings of ancient architecture were probably traced from paintings. The photograph mounted below the drawing, made prior to restoration, illustrates the challenges of conserving the thin, brittle paper Xie favored for making tracing copies, particularly those sheets that were folded, creased, and, at times, torn.
Sarah Shay , Arlington, VA (until 2005; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997)," February 2, 2010–August 1, 2010.