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Hearn, Maxwell K., "Cultivated Landscapes: Chinese Paintings from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill"

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Hearn, Maxwell K., "Cultivated Landscapes: Chinese Paintings from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill"

Hearn, Maxwell K., "Cultivated Landscapes: Chinese Paintings from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill"
Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale Un Pr | 2002 | ISBN: 1588390551/0300097824 | English | PDF | 220 pages | 35.05 Mb

This catalogue presents twelve superb works by leading fifteenth- and sixteenth-century artists of the Wu school, centered in the cosmopolitan city of Suzhou, by early Qing loyalist, Orthodox school, and individualist painters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and by two twentieth-century masters. Richly illustrated and fully documented, each work is analyzed to elucidate its significance within its time, place, and the artist's oeuvre.

This fully illustrated scholarly catalogue presents 12 major works by masters of the Ming (1368-1644), Qing (1644-1911), and modern periods given or promised to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by New York collectors Marie-Helene and Guy Weill. Authored by Metropolitan Museum curator Maxwell Hearn, the catalogue presents an in-depth discussion of each work together with a full transcription and translation of all inscriptions and seals. The volume begins with works that are quintessential embodiments of Ming literati values: a meditative landscape by Shen Zhou (1427-1509) and an idealized portrayal of a gentleman in his yet-to-be-built retirement garden by Wen Zhengming (1470-1559). These are followed by an outstanding group of paintings by early Qing loyalist and orthodox artists of the 17th and 18th centuries: a rare handscroll composition by the Nanjing painter Liu Yu (act. ca. 1650-after 1711); a monumental hanging scroll by the Anhui School master Dai Benxiao (1621-1693); a 12-leaf album by Mei Qing (1624-1697) - also from Anhui; a superb album of blossoming plum by the Yangzhou "eccentric" Li Fangying (1696-1755). There are important works by the two leading Orthodox School painters of the time: a 16-leaf album painted jointly by Wang Hui (1632-1717) and those of his disciples who assisted him in the execution of the "Kangxi Southern Inspection Tour", and a superb hanging scroll dated 1710 by Wang Yuanqi (1642-1715). The catalogue also includes selections from "Model Calligraphies from the Hall of Three Rarities and the Shiqu Baoji Collection", a rare set of imperially-commissioned rubbings of calligraphies in the Qing palace collection. In immaculate condition, the Weill set is further distinguished as having originally belonged to Dong Bangda (1699-1769), one of the proofreaders for this project. The catalogue concludes with noteworthy early works by the 20th-century masters Zhang Daqian and C.C. Wang.
DIRECTOR'S FOREWORD
Philippe de Montebello
ix
COLLECTORS' PREFACE Marie-Helene and Guy Weill
x
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Maxwell K. Hearn
xiii
CULTIVATED LANDSCAPES
Maxwell K. Hearn
3
CATALOGUE Maxwell K. Hearn
164
BIBLIOGRAPHY
191
INDEX
199


Maxwell K. Hearn is Curator in the Department of Asian Art. His previous publications include Ancient Chinese Art: The Ernest Erickson Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA, 1987), Splendors of Imperial China: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei (MMA, 1996) and, with Wen Fong, Along the Riverbank: Chinese Paintings from the C. C. Wang Family Collection (MMA, 1999).


China Review International
"The documentation of the works is as good as it gets. Each item is beautifully reproduced in color, many with details. … Cultivated Landscapes may be seen as a kind of apex, the fruit of a quest that has shaped the study of Chinese painting and calligraphy in the West for the last half century: the quest to understand and appreciate works of art as they were appreciated by scholarly connoisseurs in dynastic China.


Hearn, Maxwell K., "Cultivated Landscapes: Chinese Paintings from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill"