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Landscapes Depicting Poems of Huang Yanlü

Shitao (Chinese, 1642–1707)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1701–02
Culture:
China
Medium:
12 leaves from an album of 22; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image (each): 8 1/16 x 13 3/8 in. (20.5 x 34 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Lent by The Chih Lo Lou Collection, Hong Kong
  • Description

    This album presents Shitao’s interpretations and transcriptions of travel poems by his patron-friend
    Huang Yanlü (Huang You, 1661–ca. 1725), a wealthy merchant of considerable cultural sophistication. The places mentioned in the poems include famous sites in Guizhou, Hunan, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Fujian provinces.

    The album exemplifies Shitao’s extraordinary originality and versatility. Done in his old age, the
    landscapes demonstrate the entire spectrum of his stylistic sources and innovations through decades of experimentation. Whether sketched in monochromes or meticulously finished in refined colors, they represent the perfect union of fresh observation and imagination
    with art-historical awareness.

    cat. no. 75

  • Provenance

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

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