Dwelling in Seclusion in the Summer Mountains

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Maker(s)
Artist: Wang Meng 王蒙 (ca. 1308-1385)
Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 1354
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 57.4 x 34.5 cm (22 5/8 x 13 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1959.17
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
China, landscape, summer, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Oriental Art Gallery

Label

Wang Meng was the youngest of the Four Great Masters of the Yuan Dynasty, and this scroll is his earliest known dated work. The painting shows a lake dominated by rounded mountain peaks, reminiscent of the scenery in Wang Meng's native southern China. To contour the surfaces of the mountains and rocks, Wang Meng used soft "hemp fiber" brush strokes, ropy lines with light traces of ink from individual brush hairs.

The artist's inscription in the upper left corner reads: "In late spring of 1354 Wang Meng of Wuxing painted Secluded Dwelling in the Summer Mountatins for His Honor, the County Magistrate Zhongfang."

To learn more about this and similar objects, visit http://www.asia.si.edu/SongYuan/default.asp Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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