Xu Jingyang Moving His Family

Xu Jingyang Moving His Family


Cui Zizhong 崔子忠

(Chinese, 1574-1644)

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Overall: 268.2 x 66 cm (105 9/16 x 26 in.); Painting only: 165.3 x 64 cm (65 1/16 x 25 3/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 268.2 x 74.1 cm (105 9/16 x 29 3/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1961.90



This scroll depicts the legend of Xu Zhengyang, who attained the Dao (the Way) by moving his family to the land of the immortals in AD 281, accompanied by a lucky dog and rooster. Xu can be seen in the upper register of figures, while the servants below accompany the bird and dog. This style of the painting, particularly of the figures, is characteristic for the artist and displays a willful, consistent combination of allusions to the great masters of the distant past. In this, Cui is like his contemporary Chen Hongshou, with whom he is compared as "Chen of the South and Cui of the North."

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