Signed and dated: E Berman 193. (final number of date has been cut off) On verso: No. 61. On sticker on backing: No 67 / Eugene BERMAN / Venetian Nocturne / The Zwemmer Gallery / 26 Litchfield Street / London W.C.2. On back of cardboard mount: No 61 / AD857
The ewer in this drawing is decorated with cavorting satyrs, lions, and grotesque masks.
The ewer in this drawing is embellished with a riot of satyrs in addition to lions and grotesque masks. Satyrs were followers of Bacchus, making them appropriate for a vessel made to serve wine. The extravagant decoration of the piece was a way for the artist to manifest his skill.
Two nude women looking at viewer, standing 1/4 turn to the left. Left-hand figure has right hand behind head, right elbow in air; she also has "paper-colored" hair. The figure on the right has hands on hips, elbows pointing out; left elbow a half-inch from right side of image. Right-hand figure has black hair. Two lines, center and on the right, suggest a ground/floor.
Signed and inscribed: People ask how to paint the blossoms. I say, what the ancient painters try to avoid, you follow, then you are not like ordinary people. To have no method is actually to have method. Pai-shih Mountain-hermit wrote. Upper Seal: ? Lowe Seal: Pai-shih
A black crow is seated on a plum branch above calligraphic text and cascades of open blossoms.
The subject of plum blossoms had long been a favorite among scholar-painters. Because they bloom in the very late winter, plum blossoms are likened to the scholar who thrives in adverse environments. Plum blossoms also offered the sheer formal beauty of contrast between the thrusting, angular branches and the delicate, rounded blossoms.
The painting depicts three houses in a small village, surrounded by trees. There is a lake in the right-hand foreground of the painting. The artist signed his name with the seal of his pen name, Lao Pai (Pai the old man) on the upper left-hand corner.
Signed and inscribed: I once painted Three Fish and inscribed it: painting is what I did in the time remaining after work, poetry in the time remaining after sleep, and calligraphy in the time remaining after carving. This is what I call the three remaining. (in Chinese, "fish" and "remaining" are pronounced the same)
The painting depicts three fishes below a calligraphic poem. The poem goes: "I once painted Three Fish and inscribed it: painting is what I did in the time remaining after work, poetry in the time remaining after sleep, and calligraphy in the time remaining after carving. This is what I call the three remaining." (in Chinese, "fish" and "remaining" are pronounced the same)