Reminiscence of Jian River Artist: Dong Qichang (Chinese, 1555–1636)

ca. 1621

Asian Art

Not on view

Dong Qichang constructed this landscape around a powerful sense of movement that begins with the twisted evergreen that dominates the foreground and thrusts upward into the conical hills above. The pronounced diagonal slope of the hills, trees, and buildings at the upper left provides a dynamic counterforce to the vertical composition. This contrast—vertical against diagonal, straight against twisted—is continued throughout the composition and seems to reflect a long-standing involvement with a constructivist approach to landscape that Dong derived from Huang Gongwang, a Yuan dynasty master. Dong’s forceful landscape paintings were paralleled by equally forceful critical writings on art, allowing him to dominate the history of later Chinese painting.

Medium

Hanging scroll: ink and color on paper

Dimensions

without mounting: 49 5/16 × 18 9/16 in. (125.3 × 47.1 cm)
with mounting: 102 × 24 9/16 in. (259.1 × 62.4 cm)
rolled: 2 1/8 × 24 9/16 × 2 1/2 in. (5.4 × 62.39 × 6.35 cm)

Credit Line

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund; Mrs. Paul Moore Fund; and Anonymous Oriental Purchase Fund

Accession Number

1982.19.2

Geography
Culture
Period

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. purchase in 1982.
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Additional information

Object/Work type

hanging scrolls, landscapes (representations)

Subject

river

Inscriptions

"Hua-ch'an; T'ai-shih shih, square intaglio (similar to #11, Wang & Contag); Tung Ch'i-chang, square relief (similar to #18, Wang & Contag) [refer to Wang & Contag, Seals of Chinese PAinters and Collectors, pp. 416-22.]"

Signed

Hsuan-tsai [Xuanzai] (at end of inscription at right) by Tung [Dong]

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