Album of the Feng River Landscape Scenes: Stone Grotto and Thatched Hut


Artist: Hongren (1610-1664)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1660
Ink on paper
H x W (image): 21.4 x 12.9 cm (8 7/16 x 5 1/16 in)
China, Anhui province, Shexian
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album leaf

China, landscape, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), river, WWII-era provenance

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983). [1]

To 1987
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York. [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler, New York. [3]


[1] See object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Zhang Daqian China, 1899-1983
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987


Hongren, the artist of these album leaves, was described by his contemporaries as the epitome of "pure elusiveness" and "lofty transcendence." He initially modeled his art on paintings of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), but ultimately became famous as an "individualist," noted for a uniquely angular, spare, yet lively style of painting.

The theme of reclusion in Stone Grotto and Thatched Hut resonated with painters of Hongren's generation, who lived to see the rulers of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) surrender to Manchu conquerors, who founded the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The image of a stone grotto as a retreat from worldly politics was significant for Hongren who remained loyal at heart to the former Ming rulers.

Published References
  • Victoria Contag C.C. Wang. Seals of Chinese Painters and Collectors of the Ming and Ch'ing Periods., Revised Edition with Supplement. Hong Kong. p. 85.
  • Marilyn Fu Fu Shen. Studies in Connoisseurship: Chinese Paintings from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections in New York, Princeton, and Washington, D.C., Third Edition. Princeton, 1973. pp. 140-151.
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 197, p. 296.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

Related Objects