Identification and Creation
Object Number
Xu Xi 徐希, Chinese (1940 - 2015)
Landscape of Tibet
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 西藏山水
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
probably 1980s
Creation Place: East Asia, China
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Physical Descriptions
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
painting proper: H. 68.8 × W. 45.4 cm (27 1/16 × 17 7/8 in.)
overall mounting: H. 189 × W. 66.3 cm (74 7/16 × 26 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • signature: 徐希畫 [Painted by Xu Xi]
  • seal: of artist, following signature; square, intaglio: 徐希 [Xu Xi]
  • seal: middle left; rectangular, relief: 山河頌 Shanhe song [Ode to the Mountains and Rivers]
Xu Xi, Beijing and New York (by 1980s), acquired; by Chu-tsing Li, Lawrence, Kansas (1980s-2012), gift; to his son B U.K. Li, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2012-2021), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2021.

Dr. Chu-tsing Li (1920-2014)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Chu-tsing Li Collection, Gift of B U.K. Li in memory of Chu-tsing Li, Yao-wen Kwang Li, and Teri Ho Li
© Xu Xi 徐希
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Asian and Mediterranean Art
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The hanging scroll frames a vertically oriented color painting. Jagged snowcapped peaks rendered in dry brush—and more distant peaks in a blue-gray wet brush—dominate the upper quarter of the composition. Wetly rendered terraces on the black slopes descend towards the saturated malachite green of the valley’s grasses, all seeming to bleed into one another. Shepherds in red robes stand in the fields at the water’s edge, surrounded by their flocks and with their huts visible in the distance, at the foot of the mountains. Chinese characters run along the middle of the left side, with one red square seal immediately below and other slightly above.
Publication History

Robert D. Mowry and Claudia Brown, A Tradition Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings from the Chu-tsing Li Collection, 1950-2000, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, Mass., 2007), cat. 47

Exhibition History

A Tradition Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings from the Chu-tsing Li Collection, 1950-2000, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/03/2007 - 01/27/2008; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, 06/28/2008 - 09/14/2008; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, 10/11/2008 - 01/04/2009; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, 02/11/2009 - 05/24/2009

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