Jade Mountain, Auspicious Snow

Accession Number

Jade Mountain, Auspicious Snow

Chang Ku-nien

Object Creation Date
last quarter of 20th century

Medium & Support
unmounted scroll, ink on paper

37 13/16 in. x 70 1/2 in. ( 96 cm x 179 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Cheng-Yang and Mrs. Shirley Chang

Subject matter
As inscribed on the painting, a good winter snow in Chinese tradition often signifies a prosperous new year. Mountains covered by snow are often praised as jade, which is an auspicious item in Chinese culture. Similar to other paintings of snow by Chang Ku-nien, the brightened landscape implies a joyful and hopeful mood of the artist.

Physical Description
Though this painting was not dated, it should be most possibly painted after Chang moved to Michigan in 1974. Perhaps it is because of the cold winter, during this time, Chang created many works on landscape of snow. This is a scene of clearing after snow.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
unmounted scroll

Additional Object Classification(s)

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scroll paintings
snow (precipitation)

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