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Clouds and Waves at the Wu Gorge


c. 1547–67

Xie Shichen 謝時臣

(Chinese, 1487–after 1567)
Painting: 243.1 x 90 cm (95 11/16 x 35 7/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 295.6 x 115 cm (116 3/8 x 45 1/4 in.)
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This large painting was likely created for a wealthy or powerful family's grand hall to impress their visitors.


This dramatic landscape composition was probably painted after Xie Shichen returned from a journey in 1547 that took him through various provinces of China, including Sichuan and sailing the Yangzi. The composition from a high vantage point offers a view deep into the Wu Gorge where rolling waves put a ship in peril. The scale and composition of this landscape, which was inspired by the majestic mountain scenery in Sichuan province, as well as Xie’s vigorous brushwork, are exceptional.
Clouds and Waves at the Wu Gorge

Clouds and Waves at the Wu Gorge

c. 1547–67

Xie Shichen

(Chinese, 1487–after 1567)
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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