Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Print ; Medium: Photographic print
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
The image is featured in the December 1979 issue of the TORCH, page 1
Image of a section of a Chinese scroll with "Four Poems" on it by Wu K'uan (1436-1504), a Ming dynasty poet and calligrapher. The scroll is part of the Freer Gallery of Art's Chinese Calligraphy Collection. The Freer acquired the collection on November 2, 1979, through the Smithsonian Board of Regents' program for acquisitions of outstanding quality. It includes 12 hanging and hand scrolls and is the Freer's first acquisition under the 5-year program established in 1978 by the Regents
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, Folder: The Torch, 1955-1960, 1965-1988
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Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997) was a painter, art historian, art theorist, and connoisseur of Chinese art and in particular traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. His wife Chen Peiqiu (1923-) was also a painter
Papers, 1951; 1961-1977, and undated, in Chinese, Some recorded in brush calligraphy, including: biographical data; membership cards; over 30 honorary awards and appointments; a hospital diary recorded by Xie's nurses to document his last 100 day; nearly 50 letters (received 1981-1997) from colleagues and friends; a few personal journals; writings by Xie or copied by him (some in bound volumes), mostly related to his research on artists and his publications, including chronologies of artists, notes on the authentication and identification of Chinese painting and calligraphy in various collections, a speech draft, and manuscripts of Wang Xian, Guo Xi heji and others; Lao Jixiong's 1986 manuscript of Dunhuang shiku; poems copied and written by Xie, or created for him by firends; invitations and two exhibition guest books; printed material; seal impressions; 27 photo album containing over 1800 photographs that show Xie, his wife Chen Peiqiu and their family, fellow artists, colleagues and friends, exhibition receptions and installations, works by other artists and historical manuscripts from various collections, and nearly 500 still photographs, and over 300 glass, cut film, and roll film negatives, mostly illustrating his paintings, cave sites, works by other artists, and historical manuscripts
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Christmas Card : 1 folded sheet : handwritten, ill. ; 11 x 11 cm.
Front of card has several pieces of brown paper pasted on, three red fingerprints, and a Japanese or Chinese character written over these in ink. Interior reads "merry Christmas" and includes more characters.