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Xu Jingyang Moving His Family

Xu Jingyang Moving His Family

1644
(Chinese, 1574–1644)
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.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Xu Jingyang, wearing red, is in the upper register of figures, while below his servants transport a rooster, dog, and other supplies.

Description

Xu Jingyang was a dedicated fourth-century Confucian official who allegedly turned into a Daoist immortal. This scroll depicts the legend that when he attained immortality, he took his entire household, including chickens and dogs, to paradise.

Cui Zizhong’s painting style intentionally referenced ancient masters. Typical of the pre-Song dynasty landscape tradition, there is the use of blue and green colors and an emphasis on outline rather than texture. While the trembling outlines are reminiscent of earlier painters, the flickering light on rocks and trees is a stylistic feature of Cui’s own time.
  • Tang Yuzhao
    Xiang Yuan [18th-19th century]
    Tang Zuomei [late 18th-19th century]
    Zhang Heng 張珩 [1915-1963]
    ?-1961
    (C. C. Wang 王季遷 [1907–2003], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1961-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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