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Orchids, Bamboo, and Rocks

Shitao (Chinese, 1642–1707)

Artist:
Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1691
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 51 3/16 x 22 1/16 in. (130 x 56 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Lent by The Chih Lo Lou Collection, Hong Kong
  • Description

    Shitao arrived in Beijing in 1690 to seek imperial patronage. He soon took Boerdu (1649–1708), great-grandson of the Qing founder Nuerhachi (1559–1626), as his disciple in painting. It was through Boerdu that Shitao contributed to this joint work with the preeminent painter Wang Hui, who left his inscription on the rock. Shitao’s tame representation of bamboo and orchids shows his respect for orthodox courtly taste. In his inscription, written in archaic clerical script, he composed a poem on bamboo and orchids, then added this postscript:

    Mr. Wen [Boerdu] sent me some paper and asked me to paint
    orchids and bamboo, adding that a master painter would complete
    the painting with rock images. Therefore I left a blank area for
    his magical final touch. Submitted for Mr. Wen’s instruction.

    cat. no. 77

  • Provenance

    Ho Iu-kwong (He Yaoguang) Chinese, 1907–2006

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