A Bamboo Grove in Mist Artist, attributed to: Guan Daosheng (Chinese, 1262–1319)

late 13th–14th century

Asian Art

Guan Daosheng, the author of a treatise on ink painting of bamboo, is one of the few female artists of this era—from anywhere in the world—whose name is known. She is noted for her integration of bamboo into larger landscape settings and for her delicate rendering of slightly wet leaves as the morning mist rises and dissipates. Seals, inscriptions, and eight poetic eulogies, some by famed individuals and collectors, dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, have been added to this handscroll, providing a history of its ownership and appreciation.


Hand scroll, ink on paper


image (Painting): 5 7/8 × 44 1/4 in. (14.9 × 112.4 cm)
image (First Colophon): 5 3/4 × 28 3/4 in. (14.6 × 73 cm)
image (Second Colophon): 5 7/8 × 8 1/8 in. (14.9 × 20.6 cm)
image (Third Colophon): 5 3/4 × 52 7/8 in. (14.6 × 134.3 cm)
image (Fourth Colophon): 5 7/8 × 11 in. (14.9 × 27.9 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Yuan dynasty (1279–1368)


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955) New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Object/Work type

handscrolls, landscapes (representations)


bamboo grove


Signed: Kuan Shih Tao-Sheng [Guan shi Daosheng]


Kuan Shih Tao-Sheng [Guan shi Daosheng]

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