Landscape Artist: Jiang Zhaoshen (Chinese, 1925–1996)

20th century

Asian Art

Not on view

The meandering pathway in this painting, which is read from right to left, leads to a tiny scholar seated on rocks in the middle of a river. He gazes back at an expansive landscape that includes a charming bridge, buildings, a rustic hut, and distant sailboats. Jiang, who fled to Taiwan with the Nationalists in 1949, served as deputy director of the National Palace Museum in Taipei and was also a scholar of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century painting. His understanding of earlier styles is reflected in his skillful placement of many small dots to create the foliage of the trees and larger strokes to give depth and texture to the mountains. The inscription at the right, which includes a poetic description of the scene, indicates that it was painted in September.

Medium

Horizontal painting, ink and color on paper

Dimensions

without mounting: 13 1/4 × 52 1/2 in. (33.7 × 133.4 cm)
with mounting: 19 7/8 × 71 3/4 in. (50.5 × 182.2 cm)

Credit Line

The Clyde and Helen Wu Collection of Chinese Painting, Gift of Dr. Clyde Wu

Accession Number

2000.125.5

Geography
Period

Modern period (1912–present)

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Helen T. Wu (1929–2015) and Dr. Clyde Wu (1933–2015), Grosse Pointe, Mich., by 2000; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2000
Bibliography
  • Jason C. Kuo, ed., Heirs to a Great Tradition: Modern Chinese Paintings from the Tsien-Hsiang-Chai Collection (College Park, Md.: University of Maryland, 1993), 60, no. 55
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Additional information

Object/Work type

landscapes (representations)

Subject

mountain plants

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