Landscape with Sailboat in River

Artist: Gong Xian (ca. 1610-1689)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 17th century
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 46.5 x 61.4 cm (18 5/16 x 24 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album leaf

boat, China, landscape, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), river, waterfall, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The scholar-painter Gong Xian was a master at manipulating blank space juxtaposed with dark, inky forms to create powerful, sometimes foreboding landscape compositions.  Here the river is used to provide breathing space between the solid rock forms on either side.  The sailboat with its implied sense of motion animates the painting that is otherwise dominated by the stationary mountain forms.  The paintings in this album have suffered much damage over time and have been restored to fill in worm holes and abraded areas;  the ink brushwork, however, is entirely original.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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