The Hermit Xu You Resting by a Stream

The Hermit Xu You Resting by a Stream

1400s

Dai Jin

(Chinese, 1388-1462)

Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk

Painting: 138.2 x 75.2 cm (54 7/16 x 29 5/8 in.); Overall with knobs: 232.5 x 96.3 cm (91 9/16 x 37 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1974.45

Description

The subject of this painting, Xu You, is an ancient worthy and reclusive figure who, when offered the throne by the legendary emperor Yao, refused it and became a farmer under Mount Ji. And when the emperor offered him a post overseeing the Nine Territories (as China was known in ancient times), he went to the River Ying to cleanse his ears from such an unwelcome proposition. This painting portrays Xu You by the side of a river, calm and composed.

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