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Mountain Landscape after Hongren

Accession Number
1955/2.13

Title
Mountain Landscape after Hongren

Artist(s)
Zhang Daqian (Chang Ta-ch'ien)

Object Creation Date
1935

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper

Dimensions
33 3/8 x 13.9 in. (84.77 x 35.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

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Zhang Daqian

China, 1899–1983

Mountain Landscape after Hongren

Modern period (1912–present)
1935
Hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection, 1955/2.13

Zhang Daqian, a versatile artist and flamboyant personality, is one of the most renowned Chinese artists of the twentieth century, adept at calligraphy, painting, and poetry. His painting style combines the techniques of Western art and traditional Chinese painting.

Zhang was a collector of paintings by past masters, from which he learned a wide range of styles. This work features the austere landscape style of the seventeenth-century painter Hongren. By paying tribute to Hongren, Zhang places himself within the great historical tradition of Chinese painting. But unlike Hongren, who used dry brushwork to delineate mountains and trees, Zhang uses a wetter brush, a mark of his own style. Though here Zhang is paying homage to an earlier artist, he was also a master forger of historic Chinese paintings, and his work fooled numerous connoisseurs and museums from the 1950s through the 1980s.



Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Additional Object Classification(s)
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
Landscapes
calligraphy
cliffs
trees
waterfalls

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