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Album of Miscellaneous Subjects, Leaf 4

Fan Qiearly 1650s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Leaf 4 This leaf alludes to Wang Wei's poetic lines: In empty hills, there is no one there; Yet one can hear the sound of conversation. Xu Fang's colophon reads: By chance, I start my journey from the watershed to remote regions, Suddenly I see the silhouette of mountains-myriad expanses of green. What is this Feilai Peak which now does not recede? Its rocky walls, linked to heaven, are drenched by a waterfall.

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  • Title: Album of Miscellaneous Subjects, Leaf 4
  • Creator: Fan Qi (Chinese, 1616-aft 1694)
  • Date Created: early 1650s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 12.6 x 17.3 cm (4 15/16 x 6 13/16 in.); Overall: 21 x 22 cm (8 1/4 x 8 11/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Tomioka Tessai 富岡鐵齋 [1836–1924], (Robert G. Sawers [b. c. 1934], London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1975.22.4
  • Medium: album leaf, ink and color on silk
  • Original Title: 山水花鳥圖冊
  • Inscriptions: Artist seal: Fan Qi 樊圻. Poem by Xu Fang 徐枋 (1622–1694): By chance, I start my journey from the watershed to remote regions,/ Suddenly I sight the silhouette of mountains - myriad expanses of green./ What is this "Come-flying" Peak which now does not recede,/ Its rocky walls, linked to heaven, are drenched by a waterfall.
  • Fun Fact: There is no sign of human presence in this sunny landscape dominated by a bold flat-topped cliff.
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Album leaf
  • Accession Number: 1975.22.4

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