Album of the Feng River Landscape Scenes: Stone Grotto and Thatched Hut

Maker(s)
Artist: Hongren (1610-1664)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1660
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 21.4 x 12.9 cm (8 7/16 x 5 1/16 in)
Geography
China, Anhui province, Shexian
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.211.4
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album leaf

Keywords
China, landscape, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), river, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To?
Zhang Daqian (1899-1983). [1]

To 1987
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York. [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler, New York. [3]

Notes:

[1] See object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Zhang Daqian China, 1899-1983
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Label

Hongren, the artist of these album leaves, was described by his contemporaries as the epitome of "pure elusiveness" and "lofty transcendence." He initially modeled his art on paintings of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), but ultimately became famous as an "individualist," noted for a uniquely angular, spare, yet lively style of painting.

The theme of reclusion in Stone Grotto and Thatched Hut resonated with painters of Hongren's generation, who lived to see the rulers of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) surrender to Manchu conquerors, who founded the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The image of a stone grotto as a retreat from worldly politics was significant for Hongren who remained loyal at heart to the former Ming rulers.

Published References
  • Victoria Contag, C.C. Wang. Seals of Chinese Painters and Collectors of the Ming and Ch'ing Periods., Revised Edition with Supplement. Hong Kong. p. 85.
  • Marilyn Fu, Fu Shen. Studies in Connoisseurship: Chinese Paintings from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections in New York, Princeton, and Washington, D.C., Third Edition. Princeton, 1973. pp. 140-151.
  • , et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 197, p. 296.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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