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Ink and Realisms in China before 1800

Chinese
Poet in a Thatched Pavilion with a Distant View, after Su Hsien-tsu
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
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Gift of the Estate of Agnes E. Meyer
This fan painting shows a mountain village teeming with activity. The peaceful scene provides a glimpse at daily life, depicting villagers pushing carts of goods and traveling into and out of town, sometimes on horseback. The eye follows this lively village of white buildings and tan roofs as it weaves its way up the mountain slope to what appears to be a royal dwelling or city center capped with emerald green rooftops and enveloped by rolling white clouds.
Chinese
Mountain village among pines and white clouds
fan mounted as hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
9 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. ( 23.5 cm x 23.5 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
An ink image painted on silk, depicting a buffalo and herd boy standing on the grassy ground on the bottom right. There is a house further back behind among several trees. The bottom and left section is water and most of the top space is left blank.
Chinese
Returning Herder and Water Buffalo, After Rain
ink on silk
8 13/16 in x 9 1/2 in (22.38 cm x 24.13 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
A fan mounted as an album leaf. Writing on the mounting is an identification statement of the Song dynasty fan painting. The landscape depicted trees growing from rocks at the lake shore. The waves are whipping the shore due to a rain storm.
Chinese
Mountain Freshet, Wind and Rain

fan mounted as album leaf, ink and light color on silk
9 5/8 in x 10 1/8 in (24.5 cm x 25.7 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);12 7/16 in x 18 1/16 in (31.6 cm x 45.9 cm);9 5/8 in x 10 1/8 in (24.5 cm x 25.7 cm)
Gift of Professor Richard and Vee Ling Edwards
Chinese
Herdboy and Buffalo in the Moonlight
hanging scroll, ink and light color on silk
36 1/2 in x 14 3/8 in (92.7 cm x 36.5 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
The green mountains in this fan painting appear truly vertical and solid. The clouds, too, in spite of their rounded edges appear to be frozen in space. A pine tree bends over the side of the cliff, with its foliage over a traveler in white crossing a bridge below.
Chinese
Blue Mountains and White Clouds

fan mounted as hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
10 3/8 in. x 10 13/16 in. ( 26.35 cm x 27.5 cm )
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Carter
A banana plant is shown with long and lush leaves. Behind it is a rock with grass growing from it. Three birds rest on the rock and the leaves of the banana tree. On the right-hand top lies the calligraphic inscription wrtten by the artist, along with his signature and seals.
Xu Wei (Hs
Birds in a Banana Tree
ink and color on paper
43 ¾ in x 22 ¾ in (111.13 cm x 57.78 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Carter
Zhan Jingfeng (Chan Ching-feng)
Bamboo, Rock and Tree
fan mounted as an album leaf, ink on gold paper
20 1/16 in x 6 ⅝ in (50.96 cm x 16.83 cm);18 1/16 in x 27 15/16 in (45.88 cm x 70.96 cm)
Gift of Jean-Pierre Dubosc
Hendrick Cornelisz. Vroom
A View of Pont Saint Esprit-sur-Rhone
pen and ink on white paper
6 9/16 in x 9 1/16 in (16.67 cm x 23.02 cm);8 ⅞ in x 12 3/10 in (22.54 cm x 31.27 cm)
Museum Purchase
Hou Mougong (Hou Mou-kung)
The Lofty and Untrammeled Hermit, in the style of Wang Meng
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
36 in. x 18 1/2 in. ( 91.4 cm x 47 cm )
Museum Purchase
A group of fishermen and families sit in reeds, resting, playing, drinking, eating, and chatting. Birds fly in the backgrounf, and the reeds bend under the wind. At top center is calligraphic text.
Qian Gong (Ch'ien Kung)
The Happy Life of Fishermen
fan mounted as an album leaf, ink and color on gold paper
6 in x 18 1/4 in (15.2 cm x 46.3 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);14 3/8 in x 23 1/2 in (36.5 cm x 59.7 cm);6 in x 18 1/4 in (15.2 cm x 46.3 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Landscape painting album with a poem on the left leaf inscribed by artist Ge Yingdian. The landscape depicts a pagoda and houses in a lush forest near a creak under the misty moon light.
Liu Yuanqi (Liu Yüan-ch'i)
Sailing under the Moonlight
album leaf, ink and color on silk
12 5/16 x 13 7/8 in. (31.27 x 35.24 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

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