Autumn foliage and birds

Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Cui Bai (active mid- to late 11th century)
Historical period(s)
Yuan or Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 82.2 × 49.8 cm (32 3/8 × 19 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1919.154
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
autumn, bird, bird and flower, China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Label

A magpie is perched atop a tree to which a few sparse autumn leaves still cling. Two songbirds sit on the thorns below. The composition of this unsigned painting is based on Song dynasty (906-1279) conventions, but on the whole it is too open and loosely organized to be an exact copy. The relatively tight, descriptive brushwork dates stylistically to the Yuan (1279-1368) or early Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Published References
  • Richard M. Barnhart. An Enigmatic Seal and Three Early Flower-and-Bird Paintings. vol. 50, Number 2. Hong Kong, March/April 2019. p. 83, figs. 1a and 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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