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Wang Ts'en,
An Ink Study of the Bamboo, late 18th - early 19th c.
Ink on Paper
18 1/4 in. x 25 13/16 in. (46.36 cm x 65.56 cm)


Object Type: Drawing
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 1613


Commentary
A good painting probably of the late 18th or early 19th century. The calligraphy consists of a short five-character line poem, with the last lines apparently referring to Wang Xianzhi (344-88), who couldn’t live a day without “this gentleman” (the bamboo). *

The painting is signed with the sobriquet Baiyun shanqiao (The Mountain Woodcutter of the White Clouds) and dated with the cyclical date sichou. An artist by the name of Wang Cen had this sobriquet. (There is a strong chance that he is the artist.) He was active during the Qianlong reign (1736-95), which fits the style of this painting. That would make the sichou date 1769. Wang Cen was a well-connected figure, hailing from Hangzhou and with access to good collections of paintings, even gaining access to the imperial collection to make copies. This painting, echoing the slightly more eccentric style of Zheng Xie (1693-1765) of Yangzhou, has the cultured air of someone familiar with high literati culture.

Professor Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara

Marks
The calligraphy consists of a short five-character line poem, with the last lines apparently referring to Wang Xianzhi (344-88), who couldn’t live a day without “this gentleman” (the bamboo). *

The painting is signed with the sobriquet Baiyun shanqiao (The Mountain Woodcutter of the White Clouds) and dated with the cyclical date sichou.

Professor Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara

Text and three seals in the lower right.

Medium
Black ink on tan paper.

Object Description
Ch'ing period Chinese ink drawing of bamboo.

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