Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup


Artist
Hua Shan (Chinese, active 18th century)
Date
18th-19th century
Medium
Ink, color on paper
Dimensions
Image : 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 Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.178

Label
Many 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.

Object Type
Painting
Academic Themes
Literary Connections