Mountains of the Immortals

Mountains of the Immortals

1279-1368

Chen Ruyan

(Chinese, c. 1331-bef 1371)

Ni Zan

(Chinese, 1301-1374)

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Handscroll, ink and color on silk

Painting only: 33.4 x 97.3 cm (13 1/8 x 38 5/16 in.); height: 35 cm (13 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1997.95

Description

This extraordinary painting reveals the intense desire by Yuan artists to capture and renew the flavor of past generations. The fantastic landscape is painted in the "blue and green" style associated with the Tang dynasty (618–907), a period of superb cultural achievement in China. Athough the intense mineral pigments have faded with the passage of time, the artist's vision of an imaginary land remains intact for the modern viewer.

See also
Collection: 
ASIAN - Handscroll
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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