Seeking for a line in a poem
Xu Lele, a talented female artist, satirises the literati tradition of figure painting. Her droll figures, engaged with the traditional scholarly pursuits of enjoying nature, relaxation, and wine, mock the disdainful demeanour of the scholars depicted by literati mentors such as the great Chen Hongshou (1599-1652).'
Excerpt from ‘Chinese New Literati Painting’ by Jackie Menzies, September 1997.
Place where the work was made
album leaf; ink and colour on paper
39.0 x 58.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, 'the Spring of the year of Dingchou (1997)… Le'.
Signed c.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink, “Le [artist's seal]".
Signed c.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink, “Xu [artist's seal]".
Signed l.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink, “Le [artist's seal]".
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Chinese New Literati Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–05 Oct 1997
Referenced in 3 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1998, 'Collections', pg. 15-19, Sydney, 1998, 17 (colour illus.).
Jonathan Cooper (Editor), Exhibitions events - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 1999-Jan 2000, 14 (colour illus.).
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg.246-287, Sydney, 1999, 266 (colour illus.). The text referring to this image actually belongs to Accession no. 365.1997, Xu Lele, 'Teaching the classical canon'.