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Paintings after Ancient Masters: Daoist and Crane in Autumn Landscape

Paintings after Ancient Masters: Daoist and Crane in Autumn Landscape

(Chinese, 1598/99–1652)
Overall: 30.2 x 26.7 cm (11 7/8 x 10 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

In Chinese culture, cranes are often associated with Daoism and immortality.


The twenty paintings in this double-album by Chen Hongshou include landscapes, figures, and flowers. It also has one leaf featuring a woman, an often-used subject not found in the other albums from the latter part of his career. His late works are wonderful summations of Chen's peculiar and quirky art--archaistic, hyper-refined--but without accompanying shallowness or sentimentality.

His figures and landscapes in the late albums are miniaturized, not unlike the small Chinese gardens, or the carefully selected small table rocks or old roots used for contemplation to see the world in miniature. This loss of scale is quite deliberate and reflects the psychological situation of a depressed class like the Ming loyalist officials and scholars, deprived of their integrity and honor, and forced to lead a diminished and restricted existence.
  • Weng Tonghe 翁同龢 [1830–1904], by descent to Wango H. C. Weng
    (Wango H. C. Weng 翁萬戈 [1918–2020], Lyme, NH, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • 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: cat. no. 207, pp. 268–272; Reproduced: p. 270, fig. 207G
  • Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou (1599-1652). University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA (organizer) (October 25, 2017-January 28, 2018).
    Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (November 7, 1980-January 4, 1981); The Cleveland Museum of Art (February 11-March 29, 1981); Tokyo National Museum (October 4-November 17, 1982); The Asia Society Museum, New York, NY (December 3, 1982-February 28, 1983).
  • {{cite web|title=Paintings after Ancient Masters: Daoist and Crane in Autumn Landscape|url=false|author=Chen Hongshou|year=1598–1652|access-date=23 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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