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Wu Yuyi, Chinese
Bamboo in the Style of Xia Chang, possibly 1768
Ink on Silk
84 3/8 in. x 40 in. (214.31 cm x 101.6 cm)


Object Type: Scroll
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Ch'ing Dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William Bacon Pettus
Accession Number: PE401


Commentary
The signature is by an unknown artist of the Qing dynasty named Wu Yuyi. Moreover, the inscription says that the painting was done in the style of the early Ming bamboo painting specialist Xia Chang (1388-1470) for a person with the sobriquet Fuwengnian on a date that could be either 1768, 1828 or 1888. It is an excellent literati style bamboo painting on satin.
Professor Kathleen M. Ryor, Carleton College

On the outside of the scroll, in pencil: Ching. Wu Yu. Bamboo and Rocks.

Marks
Spurious signature of the Ming dynasty calligraphy Wen Peng in the lower left, with 2 seals below, one looks like a spurious seal of his cousin, the painter Wen Boren; can’t identify the other. Inscription, signature and date by the actual artist: “During the first week of the fourth month of the wuzi year, I imitated the brush method of Xia Taichang for Master Fuwengnian. Wu Yuyi of Loushui.” Three artist’s seals.

Professor Kathleen M. Ryor, Carleton College


Inscription on the right side center reads: painted on the 9th day of the 3rd month of the 9th year (1349 A.D.) in the Chih Cheng period. Signed: Chia Hsing Mei Tao Jen, with two red ink seals: Mei Hua An, the pseudonym of Wu Chen, and illegible, in the lower left.
In the right center are two more seals, one which is illegible and one which reads "Wu Yin xx."

Medium
Black ink on silk, with an off-white silk brocade mounting.

Object Description
Vertical hanging scroll depicting a landscape scene with bamboo, rocks, and water.

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