WORKS OF ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF RICHARD ROSENBLUM (LOTS 1301-1305)
For over 20 years, American sculptor Richard Rosenblum (1940-2000) pursued his passion for scholars' rocks, studying and mastering this fascinating subject while assembling one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of scholars' rocks and related materials in the world. Rosenblum's intimate knowledge of this field profoundly influenced his own work as a sculptor.
A seminal exhibition of scholars' rocks from the Rosenblum Collection was organized by Robert D. Mowry of the Harvard University Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, entitled Worlds Within Worlds, The Richard Rosenblum Collection of Chinese Scholars' Rocks, that previewed at the Asia Society in 1996, and traveled to six other cities in the United States and Europe: Cambridge, Seattle, Phoenix, Berlin, Zurich and Richmond.
Scholars' rocks from the Rosenblum Collection are currently on loan to numerous prestigious public institutions, including the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where a majestic rock from the collection serves as the centerpiece of the Astor Court.
Shortly before he passed away, Richard Rosenblum completed his final book, Art of the Natural World: Resonances of Wild Nature in Chinese Sculptural Art, published in 2001 by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where a large outdoor rock from the Rosenblum Collection graces the front entrance, and one of Mr. Rosenblum's most celebrated and important scholars' rocks, the Honorable Old Man, stands proudly as a testament to his love of this field.