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Cloudy Mountains

Cloudy Mountains

雲山圖

1130

Mi Youren 米友仁

(Chinese, 1072–1151)

Handscroll, ink and color on silk

Image: 43.7 x 192.6 cm (17 3/16 x 75 13/16 in.); Overall: 45.5 x 646.8 cm (17 15/16 x 254 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1933.220

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The handscroll’s multicolored silk brocade cover has a title label and a sticker left from when it was lent to the 1935–36 International Exhibition of Chinese Art at the Royal Academy in London.

Description

Cloudy Mountains pictures a lush and misty riverscape from the Lower Yangzi Delta in Southeast China. Mi Youren painted the scene after fleeing south across the Yangzi River to escape the Jin military forces that had overthrown the Song dynasty in the north. On the painting is the artist’s inscription: “Fine hills are endless toward the edges of heaven, so are mist and clouds, rain and shine, days and nights. . . . In the year of gengxu [1130] I painted this, while seeking refuge in Xinchang.” This scroll is one of the museum’s earliest dated Chinese paintings and major works of art.

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