Wen Zhengming (1470-1559) Longqiu tu

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Lot 8090
Wen Zhengming (1470-1559)
Longqiu tu

US$ 250,000 - 400,000
£ 210,000 - 330,000
Amended
Wen Zhengming (1470-1559)
Longqiu tu
Hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper, titled by the artist Longqiu tu and signed Zhengming and one seal of the artist reading Zhengming yin, with a colophon mounted above the paper, ink on gold fleck paper by Wang Wenzhi (1730-1802), dated renzi (1792) signed Wang Wenzhi with two seals of the calligrapher reading Wang shi yu qing and Menglou, with an additional colophon on the mounting silk dated Daoguang jiawu (1834) and possibly signed Zhou Mengshi with one calligrapher's seal.
23 x 11in (58.4 x 28cm) the painting only

Footnotes

  • 文徵明 龍湫圖 水墨紙本 立軸

    Provenance:
    Acquired in Taipei, 1959

    Although undated, it is most likely that the artist painted this composition in the 1540's, judging by the style. It was a period when Wen Zhengming was prolific, his style mature. In this work the picture plane is almost completely composed of competing rock forms, with varietal trees springing from seemingly improbable crevices. A foreground path leads the viewer through the composition to a wash-darkened cave, where stalactite-formed rocks hang pendant above the visitors approaching in a small boat. Although the composition is dense, it is very readable, the deftly applied washes in subdued tones giving form and depth to the scene.

    The physical location of Longqiu is on Mount Yandang in eastern Zhejiang province. The pool, fed by two waterfalls, is surrounded by cliffs with odd-shaped rock formations. Despite the fact that the site is nearly inaccessible, travelers have made the arduous journey to appreciate the fantastic scenery since at least the Song dynasty, as dated by inscriptions on the cliff face. Traveling to difficult destinations to take in natural wonders has been a longstanding theme of literati culture, and such journeys are intended to be read as an expression of the traveler's unencumbered spirit.

    For more on the site and its connection with literati paintings, see: Steven D. Owyoung, "Viewing the Waterfall at Longqiu," Chinese Paintings: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin, The Saint Louis Art Museum: 1985, pp. 20–21

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