elaborate landscape with mountains, trees, buildings and lake with waterfall in black, green and tan; 2 figures in building in front; man in boat near center; stored and shipped rolled

Landscape After Huang Gongwang, 1752

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This monumental composition pays tribute to the famous Yuan dynasty scholar-painter Huang Gongwang (1269–1354). It is an attempt to combine two of Huang’s preferred compositional methods in one landscape. One of them is pingyuan, or “level-distance” perspective, defined as looking from a place in the foreground into the far distance across a flat landscape. The other is gaoyuan, or “high-distance,” in which the viewer is placed at the bottom of a grand mountain looking up toward the summit. The painting shows a panoramic level-distance view. The spectator’s eye is carried back into the depth of the composition through clearly marked stages. A rolling outline closes the high peaks in the background to demonstrate the “high distance.”

Details
Title
Landscape After Huang Gongwang
Artist Life
active 1710-1750
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.206
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elaborate landscape with mountains, trees, buildings and lake with waterfall in black, green and tan; 2 figures in building in front; man in boat near center; stored and shipped rolled