Landscape after Shen Zhou (Chinese artist, 1427-1509)Artist(s)Hine TaizanObject Creation Date1849Medium & Supporthandscroll, ink on paperDimensions
11 7/8 in x 334 1/2 in (30.1 cm x 849.6 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
The artist after whose work this handscroll is modeled played a pivotal role in the history of Chinese art. Shen Zhou (1427–1509) was not a professional artist but a wealthy landowner and scholar in the southern Chinese city of Suchou. Exposed from youth to a superb collection of older Chinese paintings, he took up painting as a avocation, and often did works in the manner of literati artists of the earlier Yuan dynasty. For Shen and his followers in the Wu school of literati painting, and their audience of like-minded intellectuals, much of the pleasure in painting came from recognizing the many layers of quotation and allusion in “art historical” paintings.
Japanese artists knew of Shen Zhou’s fame as early as the mid-eighteenth century from imported books on Chinese painting theory, but paintings by Shen did not reach Japan until much later. One famous landscape handscroll attributed to Shen in the collection of a Confucian scholar in Nara was sought out and copied by several Japanese painters. This rather free rendering by Hine Taizan retains the overall composition of the original, as well as the flavor of Shen’s relaxed brushwork.
Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art
"Japanese Visions of China"
9/21/02 - 1/26/03Primary Object ClassificationPaintingAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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