River Village in a Rainstorm


c. 1480–1507

Lu Wenying 呂文英

Painting: 170.5 x 103.4 cm (67 1/8 x 40 11/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 279.6 x 134.3 cm (110 1/16 x 52 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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A young boy peeks out a window perhaps viewing the two people struggling through the rain.


In this scene, windswept rain pelting a village captures the power of nature in a masterful composition.

Lü Wenying from Zhejiang served as a court painter during the Hongzhi era (1488–1505). Hardly known, with few remaining works, he is considered a Zhe school painter who followed the style of the Southern Song academy. Zhe school painters, named after the province of Zhejiang, transformed the poetic scenery of the Southern Song artists into dramatic, large-scale views. Active in the same region with frequent monsoon rains in the summer season, artists were familiar with outbreaks of rain and storms.
River Village in a Rainstorm

River Village in a Rainstorm

c. 1480–1507

Lu Wenying

China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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