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Culture: Chinese
Title: Copy of Wang Yuan-ch'i/Yuanqi (1642-1715) 1690 Landscape and Inscription
Date: Qing dynasty, second half of 19th century
Medium: Hanging scroll: ink and colors on paper
Dimensions: Image: 34 1/8 x 16 1/4 inches (86.7 x 41.3 cm)
Credit Line: George and Mary Rockwell Collection
Object Number: 71.109
Label Text: Qin Zuyong was a native of Wuxi, in Jiangsu province, and gained fame as a poet, calligrapher, and landscape painter. A master copyist in the literati tradition, he became particularly well known for his paintings after Wang Yuanqi (1642-1715). Here he has copied not only the painting, but also Wang Yuanqi's seal and inscription, which reads:

Painting should be ripe but not sweet, green but not astringent
The air should be light and the body heavy
Quality is not in the unusualness of the scenery, but in a satisfying composition
Capture and brighten the spirit, but keep the individuality of the artist

While discussing painting with my pupil, Hua Ziqian, I wrote this to show him

One day after the Autumn Equinox, in the gengwu year of the reign of Kangxi (1690)

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