Tuesday September 17, 2019

THE HERMIT OF WEST MOUNTAIN
A Selection of Paintings and Calligraphy by Pu Ru
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation hosted a reception celebrating selected paintings and calligraphy by esteemed Chinese artist Pu Ru. The exhibit, “Hermit of the West Mountain: a selection of paintings and calligraphy by Pu Ru.” A brochure of the exhibit, including pictures of the paintings displayed, can be found here.

Pu Ru (1896-1963) was a member of the Qing royal family at the time Imperial China was overthrown. Pu Ru adjusted to his change in circumstances by retreating to a monastery in the West Mountains and mastering Chinese traditional painting, calligraphy, and scholarship. He is considered one of the last true Chinese literati and artist scholars. Pu Ru is one of the most renowned and accomplished 20th century Chinese artists. The collector is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Pu Ru’s work in the U.S. The exhibit displays a wide range of pieces, highlighting the versatility and skill of the artist, and offers a strong look at Chinese traditional art.
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Dr. Ying-Chen Peng, a professor of Chinese art history from American University, gave a short lecture on the importance of Chinese art and the significance of Pu Ru’s work. Dr. Peng gave a wonderful lecture that spoke to all three of Pu Ru’s identities: aristocrat, artist, and mentor. Pu Ru was a master of many styles of calligraphy and carried on both northern and southern traditions of Chinese ink painting. Dr. Peng showed a short video clip of Pu Ru demonstrating the traditional way to paint a classical Chinese scene of a scholar sitting under a pine tree. Dr. Peng also discussed some of the paintings featured in the exhibit. One in particular was the circular palindrome poem which shows Pu Ru’s extensive knowledge of classical Chinese literature. A full video of the talk can be viewed here.

USCPF was happy to host this event celebrating the work of Pu Ru, and would like to thank all the participants and guests for attending. We would also like to thank the Confucius Institute U.S. Center for providing the gallery space for this exhibit. If you are interesting in viewing these pieces, they are on display until May 20th.

美中政策基金会举办傅心畬书画作品精选展

美东时间5月10日下午,美中政策基金会于孔子学院美国中心举办“西山逸士——溥心畬书画作品精选展”接待会。美中政策基金会总裁王冀教授和华盛顿各界人士出席了本次活动,来自美利坚大学艺术系的助理教授彭盈真受邀出席接待会,以艺术史的观点向来宾深入介绍了溥心畬的生平与艺术造诣。

溥心畬出身爱新觉罗氏,名儒,字心畬,号羲皇上人、西山逸士。为现代国画大师,与张大千齐名,在20世纪30年代就有“南张北溥”的说法。溥心畬以山水、人物、花鸟、走兽绘画见长,其绘画意境雅淡致远,俊逸出尘,既师法名家,又开立了一派风范。

此次书画作品精选展,王冀教授精心挑选了27件溥心畬书画代表作。彭盈真教授在演讲中以南宋画家李唐、夏圭和北宋画家易元吉的山水画作为对照,分析了溥心畬画作的艺术风格与传承。又以王冀教授的其他藏品,如回文诗、钟馗图等,向来宾详尽介绍溥心畬书画之特点。此外,彭教授在演讲中也着重介绍了溥心畬“旧王孙”的身份:他系出前清道光皇帝,为晚清洋务派代表人物恭亲王奕次孙。尽管有人评价溥心畬的创作风格保守,但彭教授认为溥心畬的家庭出身为他创设了良好的教育条件,使他的书画作品具备集中国传统书画大全的高度。

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王冀教授表示,溥心畬是他父亲同岳父之故交,因为父辈的关系,他一直很喜欢溥心畬的书画。在此次展览中,他还展示了自己临摹的溥心畬篆书作品。溥心畬以“西山逸士”之号行于世,其处世风格也确有逸士之风。因此,他的知名度相较张大千、徐悲鸿等作家都稍有不如。此前,他的作品在美国从未举办过个展,也没有被广泛地展示。王冀教授对于宣传溥心畬的艺术作品,乃至于介绍中国传统文化艺术满腔热忱。在他看来,中国艺术品在国际拍卖会上价格水涨船高,但是相关的展览却很少。他愿意以身作则,捐赠出一些个人收藏的溥心畬书画作品,以支持类似的书画作品展举办。

“西山逸士——溥心畬书画作品精选展”将持续举办至5月20日,对于溥心畬书画作品感兴趣的朋友可以移步孔子学院美国中心观展,有兴趣接受溥心畬书画作品的机构,亦可洽询美中政策基金会。

“西山逸士——溥心畬书画作品精选展”手册:Pu Ru Brochure

LINKS:

Pu Ru Exhibit Brochure
Dr. Peng’s Remarks [Video]