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The Beauty of Art

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (sight): 141 × 64.8 cm (55 1/2 × 25 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Shi Lu 石魯 (1919-1982)
  • Provenance

    From at least 1987-88 to 2014
    Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014), New York, New York. [1]
    From 2014 to 2017
    Estate of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, New York, New York. [2]
    From 2017
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, New York. [3]
    [1] According to Acquisition Justification, Mr. Ellsworth was in the possession of this calligraphy from at least in 1987-88. “In 1987-88 he gave eight works of calligraphy to the Freer Gallery of Art. Six works came to [Freer and Sackler Galleries] immediately, but Mr. Ellsworth retained these two favorite pieces for display in his home until his demise. Following settlement of his estate, they have been delivered to the museum.” See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014)
    Estate of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Robert H. Ellsworth
  • Type

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