The Ink Landscape by Tseng Yu Ho (Betty Ecke) is a landscape scene in the Chinese style. The rocky foreshore has reeds growing along the bank; looking across a broad river one sees two boats sailing; and rolling hills are seen on the far side, with a blue mountain range rising from the valley mist in the background; the lower left corner has a poem in calligraphy. It is inscribed and sealed by the artist.
The poem on the painting may be translated as follows:
Pale the river-scape,
as wind and rain brushing the coast
that is deeply in the reeds.
The sails ride as if flying,
sending back the sound of Autumn.
Painted by Tseng Yuho
The painting is on three large sheets of rare bamboo paper, hand made from a bamboo mulch in pre-World War II China. The paper originally was white, but has now darkened with age.
This painting, commissioned by Senator Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, was painted in Honolulu in 1953. It hung in the Senator's Washington, D.C. residence for many years.
There are 2 artist's seals below the artist's signature. There are also smaller seals, two on each side of the painting. The upper 2 are Senator Scott's; the lower 2 are D.H. Graham's seals. The Grahams acquired the painting from Senator Scott in 1987. Robyn Buntin acquired the painting from the Grahams in 2008.
Size: 45.5 x 83.5 inches
Media: Ink & blue wash on bamboo paper
Price: $25,000.00 USD