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Asian Art
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Artist: Jiang Zhaoshen, Chinese, 1925–1996


20th century

Horizontal painting, ink and color on paper

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)
The Clyde and Helen Wu Collection of Chinese Painting, Gift of Dr. Clyde Wu
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.
Chinese, Taiwanese
Modern period (1912–present)

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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