Landscape in the Style of Huang Gongwang

Gu Tianzhi (Chinese, active mid-1600s)1649

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

A sweeping vista of energized mountains, hills, small islands, sand bars, and rivers, this painting retains a simple coherence of ideas and images. Its inspiration comes from Huang Gongwang (1269–1354), the great master of the Yuan dynasty, whose famous <em>Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains</em> has a similar structure, but is much more diverse and varied in its composition. Here, the basic elements of trees, rocks, and hills are repeated in differing scales at varying distances, contributing to the essential rhythm of the painting. Born in Huating (Shanghai), Gu Tianzhi inherited a tradition of painting that was molded under the guiding light of Dong Qichang (1555–1636), an eminent theoretician of the late Ming dynasty and the spokesman for the orthodox heritage that ruled Chinese painting for more than 300 years.

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  • Title: Landscape in the Style of Huang Gongwang
  • Creator: Gu Tianzhi (Chinese, active mid-1600s)
  • Date Created: 1649
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 25.5 x 717.5 cm (10 1/16 x 282 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: Pei Jingfu 裴景福 [1854–1926], Low Chuck Tiew 劉作籌 [1911–1993], Walter Hochstadter [1914–2007], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1970.3
  • Medium: handscroll, ink and color on paper
  • Original Title: 仿黃公望山水圖
  • Inscriptions: [印] 豹陰山房 吳立夫有云:胸中無萬卷書,眼中無天下奇山川,未必能文。予謂作畫亦然。只念十年學道,踽踽若禁足僧。即間遠遊,亦北抵金陵,南抵錢塘而止。天下幽勝未厭予懷也。作此巻竟,吾將載筆尋山,飄飄然又若行脚僧矣。己丑十月之望東廬識。 [印] 顧天植印; 東盧., 7 additional inscriptions, and 15 additional seals: 1 inscription and 1 seal of Gu Yinguang 顧胤光 (16th-17th c.); 1 inscription and 3 seals of Shan Xun 單恂 (?-1650); 4 inscriptions and 8 seals of Pei Jingfu 裴景福 (1854–1926); 1 inscription of Hu Bicheng 胡璧城 (19th-20th c.); 3 seals unidentified., 黃子久有富春山、浮巒暖翠圖為千古墨寶。予曾於禾中項氏家見之。雖設色而墨氣清湛如新,頗類此卷筆氣。蓋因東廬神氣秀遠,落筆師心,自能造古人堂奧耳。晴窗無事,展卷服膺,為題數語。, 顧氏世稱畫絕。自愷之後,德謙之仙釋,寶光、閎中之人物,景秀、野王之花卉,皆一時畫苑峰岫。至以山水特擅,則推寄園先生,真昭代大家也。東廬、蓴氷各本家,學而變化之。東廬此卷,蒼遠秀潤,出玅入逸。置顧氏清閟林中,殆三謝詩之玄暉耶?東廬其寶此自娛,毋令狡心豪手者一旦蘭亭賺去! 庚寅冷烴日, 單恂漫題。, 摹大癡得髄. 煙客, 廉州, 神妙不過如此。宜東盧自譽,而寄園極稱之也。
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) - early Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Handscroll
  • Accession Number: 1970.3

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