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Autumn Mountains 秋山圖

A work made of handscroll; ink on gold-flecked paper.
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  • A work made of handscroll; ink on gold-flecked paper.

Date:

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), early 16th century
明朝

Artist:

Wen Zhengming 文徵明
Chinese, 1470-1559

About this artwork

The eminent scholar-painter Wen Zhengming mastered disciplined but unassertive brushwork to create subtly powerful and often poignant compositions. Ascending a steep mountain path, a man with a walking staff is the solitary inhabitant of this landscape; desolate huts and clustered groves of thin trees are his only neighbors. Horizontal strokes accent the densely layered and partially shadowed mountain contours – an intriguing blend or representational form and surface texture.

A poetic colophon by Shao Bao (1460-1527) is inscribed after the painting:
In the Dao of painting, spring mountains are admired,
But one can sympathize even more with autumn mountains.
High winds overwhelm strong trees,
Heavy rains - one can really see the springs.
Tallow and plum trees are thin,
Maple groves and apricot [trees] fade and groan.
Yet when winter follows this,
The pine and cypress are just as before."
(translation by Stephen Little)

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 134

Artist

Wen Zhengming

Title

Autumn Mountains 秋山圖

Origin

China

Date

1510–1550

Medium

Handscroll; ink on gold-flecked paper

Inscriptions

Exterior Label (玉池) by Luo Zhenyu 羅振玉. Frontispiece (引首) by Xu Lin 徐霖 :Autumn Mountains (秋山), Signature:䫇仙. Seals: 徐氏子仁,麓雲樓書畫記,蓉峰之印,劉氏寒碧莊印. Inscription on Painting: 秋山圖為子仰作, 徵明. Seals:文徵明印,停雲生. Collectors' Seals: 蓉峰鑑賞, □□鑑定, 吴邑刘恕审定, □□□□, 劉氏寒碧莊印,惕庵所得名蹟,蓉峰審定,廷俞珍藏,王遂菴曾觀, 向叔平生長物,何長庚鑑賞書畫之章

Dimensions

31.8 × 120.8 cm

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1948.103

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