This landscape was originally mounted as a folding fan; traces of the frame remain on the paper. During the Ming dynasty, painting and writing poetry on fans became popular among scholar-artists, and the compact works of art were often exchanged as gifts between friends. Xie Shichen’s inscription at the top of this scene of two men in a lakeside pavilion indicates that he made the painting for Shaoshan, presumably a friend, in 1542. The gold-flecked paper that Xie Shichen chose was common for fans but posed a challenge to the painter because it did not absorb ink as well as plain paper.
Fan; ink on gold dusted paper
Mounted: 13 x 24 3/8 in. (33 x 61.9 cm)
Image: 7 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (19.1 x 49.5 cm)
Other (WP): 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of H. Christopher Luce
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Xie Shichen (Chinese, 1487-ca. 1567). Landscape, 1542. Fan; ink on gold dusted paper, Mounted: 13 x 24 3/8 in. (33 x 61.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of H. Christopher Luce, 1993.193. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.193_PS2.jpg)
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Xie Shichen (1487-ca. 1567)
Streamside Pavilion in Pure Autumn
Signed Xie Shichen and dedicated to Shaoshan. One seal of the artist. Two collector's seals. Landscape with figures in small hut at center foreground. Poem at center.
Condition: Slight abrasion and loss of ink along ribs of fan where it was folded. Possible inscription at upper right corner that has been erased.
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