Exhibitions/ Art Object

清 石濤, 王翬 蘭竹石圖 軸
Orchids, Bamboo, and Rocks

Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) (Chinese, 1642–1707)
Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
dated 1691
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 51 3/16 x 22 1/16 in. (130 x 56 cm)
Credit Line:
Lent by The Chih Lo Lou Collection, Hong Kong
Not on view
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
Ho Iu-kwong (He Yaoguang) Chinese, 1907–2006
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection," September 6, 2011–January 2, 2012.