large rock with open area in center, surrounded by tall grasses, flowers and leafy branches; 2 fields of text on L and R on silk

Plum, Narcissus and Rock, 1679

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Wang Wu was a member of an important Ming dynasty literati family and was also a noted connoisseur and poet. This painting of plum, narcissus, and rock makes use of standard literati subject matter-the plants and rock symbolizing the harmony of nature and the tenacious character of the scholar-official. Mounted on either side of the painting are seven poetic colophons dated July 10 and 11, 1775, evidently written as a poem competition upon viewing the painting. The authors were all scholar-official members of the court. In fact, three inscriptions are by sons of the Qianlong Emperor, Prince Yongxuan (1746-1832), Prince Yongxing (1752-1863), and Prince Yongji (1752-76). Wang Wu's poem reads: When can I be free from these ties to worldly affairs' The bright window responds with a long time of silence. Outside, the homeward birds catch the glow of sunset, Feeling chilly, flowers hide behind the rock. Man's drifting life is just like a dream, So don't try to recollect past glories. However, I am still interested in going on an excursion, And I will prepare my shoes while waiting for the return of spring. Wang Wu painted this scroll playfully in the 12th moon of the year of wuwu (1678).

Details
Title
Plum, Narcissus and Rock
Artist Life
1632 - 90
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.138.3
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large rock with open area in center, surrounded by tall grasses, flowers and leafy branches; 2 fields of text on L and R on silk