continuous landscape in mountains with river; buildings, small figures and flowering trees throughout; several boats on river

Scenic Beauty Along Rivers and Mountains, 1614

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Bian Wenyu was born in Suzhou where he remained loyal to his artistic roots working with other early seventeenth-century Suzhou painters, such as Shao Mi, Sheng Maoye and Chen Yuansu. He became part of the orthodox lineage of artists defined by the great literatus Dong Qichang and was included as one of the "Nine Friends of Painting" by later critics.

The inscription suggest that, by aligning oneself with nature, a person could expect to live a quiet life of peace and tranquility, a sought-after goal during the political and social chaos of the early seventeenth century. It reads in part:

Surrounded by ten-thousand li of water is
white cloud village, amidst the flowers is
built a grass hut;
Evening lotus are reflected in clear pools,
good friends face one another on verandas…
The river-side mountains are green without end,
and often seem to float in an endless expanse.

On a summer day in the year 1614, I entrusted (my ideas) to the brush at the Northern Suburb Mountain Cottage. Bian Wenyu

Details
Title
Scenic Beauty Along Rivers and Mountains
Artist Life
1576 - 1655
Role
Artist
Dimension
L.64-5/16 x W.7-15/16 in. (image)
Accession Number
2000.38.1
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continuous landscape in mountains with river; buildings, small figures and flowering trees throughout; several boats on river