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The Thousand Buddha Hall and the Pagoda of the "Cloudy Cliff" Monastery, from Twelve Views of Tiger Hill, Suzhou

The Thousand Buddha Hall and the Pagoda of the "Cloudy Cliff" Monastery, from Twelve Views of Tiger Hill, Suzhou

after 1490
(Chinese, 1427–1509)
Image: 31.1 x 41 cm (12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in.); Overall: 36.5 x 49.9 cm (14 3/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

Views of Tiger Hill depicts a historic site a few miles northwest of Suzhou. The scenes simulate a visit from arriving by boat at the foot of the mountain to climbing to Cloudy Cliff Monastery. Representations of the artist’s mature style, Shen Zhou included views in subtle colors in the suite of monochrome scenes.

A Suzhou native, Shen Zhou was supported by family wealth and rejected an official career in favor of life as a retired scholar. Turning to painting in midlife, he is regarded as the founder of the Wu School of painting, with its center in Suzhou.
  • Hu Zhishou 胡之壽 [late 18th–mid 19th century]
    Binliang 斌良 [1784–1847]
    Hou Shigong 侯士恭 [late 19th–early 20th century]
    ?-1964
    (Walter Hochstadter [1914–2007], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1964-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Lee, Sherman E. “Literati and Professionals: Four Ming Painters.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 53, no. 1, 1966, pp. 2–25. Reproduced: fig. 9 25152081
    Froncek, Thomas, and Hugh Honour. The Horizon Book of the Arts of China. New York: American Heritage Pub. Co., 1969. Reproduced: p. 323
    Cahill, James. Parting at the Shore: Chinese Painting of the Early and Middle Ming Dynasty, 1368-1580. New York: Weatherhill, 1978. Reproduced: pp. 91-92, pl. 39
    Hironobu Kohara 古原宏伸, Richard Edwards, and Takeo Hibino 日比野丈夫. Shin Shū, Bun Chōmei [沈周文徴明 = Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming]. Tōkyō: Chūō Kōronsha, 1978. Reproduced: p. 162, pl. 40
    Ho, Wai-kam, Sherman E. Lee, Laurence Sickman, and Marc F. Wilson. Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting: The Collections of the Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, in cooperation with Indiana University Press, 1980. Mentioned and Reproduced: pp. 187–190, cat. no. 155
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    “On China's Southern Paradise: Exploring treasures from the lower Yangzi delta.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine vol. 63, no. 3 (2023): 4-7. Reproduced: P. 7; Mentioned: P. 6.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (organizer) (October 26, 2013-January 19, 2014).
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