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明 徐敬 歲寒清白圖 軸
The Pure Whiteness of Winter

Artist:
Xu Jing (Chinese, active first half 15th century)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
dated 1441
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 58 7/8 x 30 in. (149.5 x 76.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 107 3/4 x 37 1/4 in. (273.7 x 94.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 107 3/4 x 41 1/4 in. (273.7 x 104.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.1.5
Not on view
Flowering through snow and cold, plum blossoms are popular symbols of court beauties and of reclusion; as such, they embody romance, tears, lost loves, and the eternal return of springtime. Xu Jing entitled his painting The Pure Whiteness of Winter, partaking of a tradition of imagery in poetry and painting that goes back one thousand years.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in standard script)

正統辛酉五月望日清江徐敬為廣文王先生寫《嵗寒清白圖》。


Collectors’ seals

Unidentified
世齋清興
黄致敏堂

Illegible: 1
[ David L. Elliott , West Palm Beach, FL, until 1981; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peach Blossom Spring," November 21, 1983–June 3, 1984.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Douglas Dillon Legacy: Chinese Painting for the Metropolitan Museum," March 12, 2004–August 8, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats," August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013.

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