2 buildings at bottom with three figures; frost on trees throughout; rocky mountain peak at top

Thatched Huts Among Ridges in Winter, 1649

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The larger forms in this wintry landscape are strongly silhouetted, and surfaces are composed of light and dark contrasts. Lan Ying’s inscription indicates he did this painting in the manner of Wang Wei (699–759), a Tang dynasty master associated with the beginnings of the ink landscape tradition, whose poems and landscape paintings are imbued with the ethos of eremitism—the retreat from society into a life of seclusion. Such spirit is also reflected in Lan’s composition: the portrait of the solitary cottage standing on a mountain amid a grove of trees. In such settings, the atmospheric effects created around the retreat often draw the theme beyond that of peaceful, nonreligious solitude to evoke feelings of otherworldliness.

Details
Title
Thatched Huts Among Ridges in Winter
Artist Life
1585 - c. 1664
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.5.1
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2 buildings at bottom with three figures; frost on trees throughout; rocky mountain peak at top