Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup
Hua Shan (Chinese, active 18th century)
MediumInk, color on paper
DimensionsImage : 54 3/4 x 27 5/8 in. (1.4 m x 70.17 cm)
Frame : 60 x 34 1/2 in. (1.5 m x 87.63 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelMany traditional Chinese writers and artists believed that drinking wine opened them to inspiration and unleashed their creativity. The Tang dynasty poet Du Fu (712-770) wrote a verse titled “Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup” about eight of his contemporaries who were particularly fond of alcohol. This painting draws upon the imagery of that famous poem to depict a boozy group of scholars relaxing and engaging in various cultural pursuits.