Landscape in the style of Wu Zhen

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Artist: Changying 常瑩 (1600-1650)
Calligrapher: Chen Rentao 陳仁濤 (1906-1968)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 1638
Ink on paper
H x W (image): 25.9 x 95.2 cm (10 3/16 x 37 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Transfer from the United States Customs Service, Department of the Treasury
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


boat, China, landscape, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The son of an eminent connoisseur of Chinese painting, Li Zhaoheng followed the dictates of style and taste enunciated by his father's friend Dong Qichang (1555–1636), who emphasized the study of masters from the Song and Yuan dynasties (10th-14th century). This gently brushed ink-landscape, with its subtle, textured strokes and stark contrasts of light and dark ink, is imbued with the style of the painter Wu Zhen (1280-1354), one of the Four Great Masters of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). Painted after he had taken religious orders in the Chan (Zen) sect of Buddhism, Li Zhaoheng dedicated this work to a fellow monk.

Published References
  • Chen Rentao. Chin-kuei ts'ang-hua chi [Chinese Paintings in the King Kwei Collection]. Kyoto. pl. 43.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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