One of the acclaimed "Four Monks" (the other three being Zhu Da, Daoji, and Hongren), Kuncan was known for the rough and rustic style of his landscape paintings. This painting was once part of a large album, painted at the request of his friend Cheng Zhengkui (active 1630–74), with whom he shared a common interest in painting and poetry. The inscription contains a poem, which reads: <em>Wandering through mountains and oblivious of time, We met in casual shoes (and attires). The wind and dew drops harbor a chilling emptiness. Only with patience and silence can the Chan inspiration come. . . . </em>

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  • Title: Spring Landscape
  • Creator: Kuncan (Chinese, 1612-c. 1673)
  • Date Created: 1666
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 31.8 x 64.5 cm (12 1/2 x 25 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Gao Yong 高邕 [1850–1921], Xu Xiaopu 徐小圃 [1887–1961], Walter Hochstadter [1914–2007], New York, NY,, (N. V. Hammer, Inc., 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/1966.367
  • Medium: double album leaf mounted as a handscroll, ink and color on paper
  • Original Title: 春景圖
  • Inscriptions: 遊山忘歲月,屐舄自相過。 風露寒虚意,禪機靜裡磨。 同年叩梵宇,遂此老煙蘿。 豈向人間說,林丘自在多。 畫必師古,書亦如之。觀人亦然,况六法乎。石谿殘道人 印二:石谿,白秃。另有「介丘」一印在右邊。
  • Fun Fact: This spring scene was once accompanied by album leaves of summer (now in the Museum für Asiatiche Kunst, Berlin) and autumn and winter (now in the British Museum).
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Album leaf
  • Accession Number: 1966.367

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