Distant mountains beyond a river

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At A Glance

  • Period

    16th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink and color on silk
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 23.1 x 22.6 cm (9 1/8 x 8 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Formerly attributed to Jing Hao (傳)荊浩 (ca. 870-ca.935)
  • School/Tradition

    Zhe School
  • Description

    Simply drawn buildings on the riverbank in the lower left corner of the composition are dwarfed by large windblown trees growing from a foreground promontory. A narrow bridge connects the elements in the lower left with a small tip of land at the lower right and, compositionally, leads the viewer into the distance, which is dominated by light blue mountain peaks. The asymmetrical composition is based on traditions developed during the Southern Song period and usually associated with Ma Yuan (active 1189-1224) and Xia Gui (active 1194-1224).
  • Provenance

    To 1970
    Eugene (1875-1959) and Agnes E. (1887-1970) Meyer, Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY
    From 1970 to 1998
    Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz (1914-2001), Armonk, NY, by descent from her mother Agnes E. Meyer [1]
    From 1992
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz in 1998 [1]
    [1] See Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz’s Deed of Gift, dated February 5, 1998, in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
    Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz (1913-2001)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Collection of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer. Gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Freer Gallery of Art
  • Type

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