Lofty hermits in pine pavilion

Qian GuMing dynasty

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Painting on folding fans became popular in the Ming Dynasty. When painting landscapes in a fan-shaped format, artists often established a horizontal ground line above the level of the curve of the fan surface or slightly distorted and curved the landscape forms to accentuate the uniqueness of the fan shape. Qian Gu has utilized the latter device in this Lofty Hermits in Pine Pavilion to create a balanced composition. As one of the outstanding followers of Wen Zhengming, with this work illustrating scholars appreciating the waterfall among the pines with refined brushwork and archaic colours, Qian has fully demonstrated the charm of the Wu school.

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  • Title: Lofty hermits in pine pavilion
  • Creator: Qian Gu
  • Date: Ming dynasty
  • Theme: Landscape
  • Physical Dimensions: w38 x h17.5 cm
  • History of Donation: The Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Art was established in 1992, specifically for exhibiting the collection that donated to the Hong Kong Museum of Art by the famous connoisseur and collector of Chinese calligraphy and paintings, Mr Low Chuck Tiew (Liu Zuochou) in 1989.
  • Artist's Biography: Qian Gu, alias Shubao, was a native of Suzhou, Jiangsu province. The poverty of his family precluded schooling and he began study as an adult. He followed Wen Zhengming (1470 - 1559) in the areas of literature, painting and calligraphy. Qian was a versatile artist who excelled at landscapes, figures, orchids and bamboo.
  • Type: Ink and colour on paper
  • Rights: Hong Kong Museum of Art


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