*Featured in our latest installation, Imperial Patrons of the Military Arts in the Qing Dynasty*
The Qing emperors consolidated their rule over Inner Mongolia by recognizing the title of prince held by leaders of various Mongol fiefdoms. These fiefdoms were then organized into territorial units known as banners. In return for their loyalty and military support, the princes received full and inalienable rights to rule their banners in alliance with the Qing. To signify that power and authority, the emperor gave each prince a silver seal, surviving examples of which are now exceptionally rare. These imperial seals were inherited by successive princes and venerated as sacred objects, while also embodying the banner’s status and legitimacy within the empire.
Emperor Kangxi (reigned 1662–1722) bestowed this seal on the leader of the Dörbed (Four Children) Banner to formalize the banner’s acceptance of Qing sovereignty in 1686. On the underside of the base of this seal, cast in raised letters, is the phrase, in Manchu and Mongolian, Seal of the Prince of the Dörbed Banner. The same phrase is also engraved on top of the base at either side of the tiger, in Manchu on one side and Mongolian on the other. The dual language inscription, Made by the State Ministry, is engraved on the front and back edges of the base; and, Kangxi twenty- fth year, fourth month [a.d. 1686] is engraved on the side edges of the base.
Imperial Seal of the Prince of the Dörbed (Four Children) Banner. Silver. Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722), dated 1686. Anonymous Loan
De Kooning used a distinctive, strongly colored palette just after World War II. By 1949, however, he drained the color from his pictures, leaving, as here, only traces of red, yellow, and blue. "Attic" vies with "Excavation" (Art Institute of Chicago) as the definitive expression of his late 1940s experiments with using little more than black and white - probably a response to the recent paintings of Jackson Pollock and Clifford Still. Like them, de Kooning used figures as a point of departure for abstraction. Here, he erased, repainted, and recombined figural elements so that they could no longer be reconstituted in the viewer's mind, simultaneously suggesting an "allover" composition reminiscent of Pollock's work. Nevertheless, one can still make out the splayed buttocks of a seated woman at lower left, a pose Picasso had borrowed from Cézanne for "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" (1907, Museum of Modern Art, New York). De Kooning first called this work "Interior" but at his wife's objection renamed it "Attic", because you put everything in it. While painting this work, he covered the canvas with newspaper, delighting in the transfer of articles and illustrations left on the surface. 🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️🖌️
Willem de Kooning
The Frick Collection
Welcome to The Frick Collection. Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.
The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death.
Adjacent to the museum is the Frick Art Reference Library, founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting.
Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.
Spaces - NYC (thinking of my nephew Paolo Amadei @pablito_amadei who is right at the beginning of his photographic career and is producing lovely work after having taken part in a workshop by @emencher and @kmencher in Atitlán, Guatemala)
I wonder if this is somehow connected to a new role, possibly what he was working on while in SoCal recently 🤔 Who knows. That’s just my theory, anyway. I’m so curious about what his future roles will entail! Is it strange that I give it a lot of thought? Like it literally has zero effect on my life, but I’m so curious! Give us answers, Seb! PS if you see this, I love you! #sebastianstan#Repost @imsebastianstan
Have a great week. And look the other way. #losalamos#eggleston#themet#theuncommonthoughtonacommonmatter