清 石濤 寫黃研旅詩意 冊 Landscapes Depicting Poems of Huang Yanlü
Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) (Chinese, 1642–1707)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
12 leaves from an album of 22; ink and color on paper
Image (each): 8 1/16 x 13 3/8 in. (20.5 x 34 cm)
Lent by The Chih Lo Lou Collection, Hong Kong
Not on view
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.