A Man Taking His Ease

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Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 34.1 x 51.7 cm (13 7/16 x 20 3/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.232
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Handscroll

Keywords
China, fan, fly whisk, fungus-of-immortality, man, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), pipa, screen, summer
Provenance

To 1911
Li Wenqing (circa 1869-1931), Shanghai to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Li Wenqing in 1911 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 784, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Li Wenqing (C.L. Freer source) ca. 1869 - 1931

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Figure Painting. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 39, pp. 160-161.
  • Yolaine Escande. Jardins de Sagesse: en Chine et au Japon. p. 97.
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Paintings in American Collections. Annales du Musee Guimet. Bibliotheque d'art. Nouvelle serie. II Paris and Brussels, 1927-1928. pl. 108.
  • Langdon Warner. The Freer Gift of Eastern Art to America. vol. 23, no. 8 New York, August. p. 594.
  • William Cohn. Chinese Painting. London and New York. pl. 206.
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. pp. 190-191.
  • Marsha Weidner University of California. Painting and Patronage at the Mongol Court of China, 1260-1368. Ann Arbor, Mich. pls. 41-44.
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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