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Streams and Mountains without End, 1100-1150

handscroll, ink and slight color on silk, Image: 35.1 x 213 cm (13 13/16 x 83 13/16 in); Overall: 35.1 x 1103.7 cm (13 13/16 x 434 1/2 in). Gift of the Hanna Fund 1953.126

Streams and Mountains without End was a landmark acquisition of 1953, made just a year after Lee had returned to Cleveland as curator of Oriental art. He acquired it with the intention to provide "a
more than adequate foundation for a fine collection of Chinese landscape painting." This impressive
work demonstrates the culmination of stylistic developments in Chinese monumental landscape
painting following the Northern Song tradition. It represents a journey through a landscape, making it
a fitting metaphor for Lee’s journey of discovery and achievement over a lifetime.

9 colophons and 48 seals: 1 colophon, dated 1205, of Wang Wen-wei (dates unknown); 1 colophon, dated 1205, of Li Hui (dates unknown); 1 colophon of T'ien Hsieh (dates unknown); 1 colophon, dated 1214, of Ho Yen (dates unknown); 1 colophon, dated 1326, of Ts'ao Yüan-yung (dates unknown); 1 colophon, dated 1332, of K'ang-li K'uei-k'uei (Nao-nao; 1295-1345); 1 colophon, dated 1336, of Liu Tsai (dates unknown); 1 colophon, dated 1380, and 4 seals of Yang Mou (ca. 1330-after 1380); 4 seals of the Hou family (ca. 1340); 1 colophon of Wang To (1592-1652); 4 seals of Chang Ping-ch'ien (1670 chin-shih); 8 seals of Liang Ch'ing-piao (1620-1691); 2 seals of the Ch'ien-lung emperor (r. 1736-95); 4 seals of the Chia-ch'ing emperor (r. 1796-1820); 3 seals of the Hsüan-t'ung emperor (r. 1908-12); 2 seals of Yeh Kung-ch'o (1880-1965); 17 seals of Chang Yüan (Chang Ta-chien; 20th c.).

Cleveland Museum of Art, 1954: Lee, Chinese Landscape Painting, cat. no.16.
Musée Cernushi, Paris, 1956: La Chinese des Song (Paris, 1956), no catalogue.
Haus der Kunst, Munich, 1959: 1000 Jahre, cat. no.11.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1960: Chinese Painting, no catalogue.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1976: Summer Mountains: The Timeless Landscape, no catalogue.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1981: Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting, cat. no. 21, p. 35-37.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009): "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"
The Cleveland Museum of Art (11/14/2015- 04/24/2016): "Silent Poetry: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting"

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