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Asian Art
Artist: Qian Weicheng, Chinese, 1720–1772

Landscape in the Style of Huang Gongwang

1753

Hanging scroll, ink on paper

44 × 14 1/8 in. (111.8 × 35.9 cm)
without mounting: 44 1/16 × 14 in. (111.9 × 35.6 cm)
with mounting: 87 × 19 11/16 in. (221 × 50 cm)
with rollers: 22 5/8 in. (57.5 cm)
Gift of Leopold H. Steiner
1966.135
The rustic huts along the pathway at the center of this mountainous landscape provide the only evidence of human habitation within this challenging terrain. Qian Weicheng was a court artist during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor and often traveled with the court to record important locations and events. He used less ink, or dryer brushstrokes, to outline the mountains, and more ink, or wetter brushstrokes, to define them, echoing works by the famous fourteenth-century landscape painter Huang Gongwang.
Geography: 
China
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Leopold H. Steiner (1919 - 2011), Norwalk, Conn.; gift in 1966 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 54, no. 82, fig. 82.

David Ake Sensabaugh, “Everlasting Contentment: Chinese Painting of the 18th Century,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 82, fig. 2.

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