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Xie Shichen,
Traveling in Autumn Mountains, n. d.
Ink and Wash on Silk
76 5/8 in. x 41 in. (194.63 cm x 104.14 cm)


Object Type: Scroll
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Ming Dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William Bacon Pettus
Accession Number: PE27


Commentary
Inscription and signature of the artist: “Xie Shichen of Suzhou sketched this scene according to the poetic idea of Shaoling [Du Fu].”
Two seals of the artist, one illegible.
Professor Kathleen M. Ryor, Carleton College

This painting compares favorably with several Xie Shichen attributions in American collections. Xie Shichen was a professional painter from Suzhou who worked in a variety of styles and often did large scale landscape paintings.



On the outside of the scroll, in pencil: Landscape. Ming.

Marks
Signed Gusu Xie shichen, along the left edge, 3/4 of the way down. Two square red ink seals stamped by signature. No date inscription.

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

Object Description
Vertical hanging scroll depicting a landscape after a poem by Du Fu. Vast, hilly landscape with many buildings within the hillsides and in the valleys. There are two men, one with a large load, walking along a path in the lower left.

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