The Cleveland Museum of Art

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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 1103.8 cm (13 13/16 x 434 9/16 in.). Gift of the Hanna Fund 1953.126

Streams and Mountains without End was a landmark acquisition of 1953, made just a year after Sherman 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.

Colophon 9. Wang Duo 王鐸 (1592–1652). Wensun 文蓀 is the hao [literary name] of Wang Changheng. "My brother’s relative by marriage, Wensun, is learned and has good taste. He writes good prose and poetry. My brother brought over this painting of his to show me, so I pick up a brush and write these few words: The posture of the mountains is bent and complex. The brush and ink have no artificial marks. This degree of excellence is not often seen in Song paintings. Speaking in military terms, the achievement is comparable to that of the great generals Han [Xin 韓信 (d. 196 bc)] and Bai [Qi 白起 (d. 257 bc)]." 文蓀親翁博雅,文詩鴻暢。舍弟持此喜觀,遂抽管題數語: 山勢委折,筆墨無痕。宋人中如此不多見也。譬之兵家,當是韓白。王鐸。

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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