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Subject:Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: Marilyn Loraine Mon, May 17, 2021 IP: 2601:285:8380:7bc0:c

Hello,
can you please translate this for me?
I measures 32" x 19".







Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: I.Nagy Tue, May 18, 2021

青山作伴水為鄰
世上許多別董客
似我清閑有幾人
Green hills and waters are neighbors
There are many dignitaries on this world,
but there are a few of them who can afford such a relaxed life

Signature,
何維樸 - Hé Wéipŭ
Seals,
維   - Wéi
樸   - Pŭ

He Weipu 1842-1922
Famous landscape painter and calligrapher.

I think your picture is a vintage copy.

With regards,
I.Nagy
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Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: Marilyn Loraine Tue, May 18, 2021

Thank you for the info. I'm curious though, I
just spent time looking closely with a loop.
I've attached a couple close ups to see what you think as far as it being a print. Thank you!





Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: I.Nagy Wed, May 19, 2021

Dear Marilyn,
I can see on the close up pictures that the painter used highly concentrated ink, which contains a very small amount of water. Heavy ink is commonly used for delineating outlines to give them a sense of shapness and boldness, and for depicting objects that are closer to the forground in order to realize an outstanding effect of three-dimensional depth of the composition. I could only find a limited number of pictures from He Weipu on the net, but non of them was similar
to this one.
I suggest, you should take this painting to one of the major art auction houses for example Sotheby's, to see if it can be authentiated as a genuine painting of He Weipu. Be sure to take any evidence of how it came into your posession etc.

With regards,
I.Nagy

Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: Marilyn Loraine Wed, May 19, 2021

Thank you so much for your informative response.
I actually purchased two as a set. I'm attaching photos of that one. Can you please translate this? Again, thank you so much!





Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: I.Nagy Thu, May 20, 2021

乙丑終春之月上澣 - In the First 10 Days of the Last Month of Spring of the Year of Fire-Buffalo (1865)
仿雲山道人筆法作 - Painted after the painting technique of Yúnshān-dàoren
於京師雲古山房南窓下 - In the capital, at the old house of Master Yún
何維樸 - He Weipu
Seals,
維 - Wei 樸 - Pu

Yunshan-daoren (Taoist of Mt Yunshan) - Art-name of an unidentifiable painter

With regards,
I.Nagy

Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: Marilyn Loraine Thu, May 20, 2021

My question is if this translation implies it was not by He Weipu? I'm confused with "Art name of an unidentifiable Painter" My last question, I promise!

Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, May 21, 2021

Dear Marilyn,
This picture was painted by He Weipu. In the colophon he indicates clearly that it was "painted after the painting technique of Yunshan-daoren", or in more literaly translation he was "imitating the painting methode of Yunshan-daoren"
Imitating the works of great masters has long been the major method for learning to paint in China.It could be performed either from memory or from observation of an original work or copy placed in front of the learner for imitation. This is the best way to catch the spirit of the original work through decoding the brushwork with the mind, and reproducing the painting with hand and brush.
Our only problem here is that I can't identify who hides behind the Yunhan-daoren art-name.I can't find it neither on the net nor in my art-name dictionaries. Some painters until the mid 20th century have used half a dozen or even more art-names. Some of these simply may have been forgotten.

WSith regards,
I.Nagy

Subject:Re: Vintage Chinese Artwork
Posted By: Marilyn Loraine Fri, May 21, 2021

thank you for explaining!


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