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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2017.302
People
Wan Qingli 萬青力, Chinese (Beijing 1945 - 2017)
Title
Gazing at the Moon
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
wall scroll, painting
Date
1982
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/330482
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Vertical wall scroll; blue pigment on paper
Dimensions
painting proper: 103.5 x 75.5 cm (40 3/4 x 29 3/4 in.)
mounting: 134 x 91 cm (52 3/4 x 35 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Title, dated inscription, and signature in brush-written Chinese characters, upper left: 眺月圖 胸中自有山林趣 恥向人前賣畫名 掩卷焚香舖素紙 邀來明月照空濛 八二年夏畫 八五年初記 青力

    [Inscription indicates painting done in summer 1982 and inscribed in 1985. Signed "Qingli"].
  • seal:
  • seal: Square red relief artist's seal, following signature: "Wan"
  • seal: Square red intaglio artist's seal, following signature: "Qingli"
  • seal:
  • seal:
Provenance
Wan Qingli, Beijing and Laurence, Kansas (1982-1985), gift; to Chu-tsing Li, Lawrence, Kansas (1985-2012), gift; to his son B U.K. Li, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2012-2017), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2017.

Footnotes:
1. Dr. Chu-tsing Li (1920-2014)
2. Artist Wan Qingli painted this artwork in 1982 in Beijing, and later inscribed the painting in 1985, when he was studying at University of Kansas.
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
Copyright
© Estate of Wan Qingli
Accession Year
2017
Object Number
2017.302
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Executed in blue pigment on paper, this vertically oriented painting depicts a night scene of a lone female figure standing atop an outcrop of boulders surrounded by the ocean, her back to the viewer, her gaze squarely fixed on the moon as it descends toward the horizon. The artist's inscription that runs vertically from the upper left corner down the left edge of the patinging indicates that the work was painted in the summer of 1982 but inscribed by the artist in 1985.

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