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Spring Rain Thatched Hut

Spring Rain Thatched Hut

1650
(Chinese, active 1621–1662)
Image: 31 x 81.5 cm (12 3/16 x 32 1/16 in.); Overall: 34.2 x 1164 cm (13 7/16 x 458 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Gong Weiliu, the owner of the estate portrayed here, had received his prestigious jinshi degree in 1643, but his official career was thwarted by the collapse of the Ming dynasty the following year.

Description

With its striking simplicity, this painting captures the pure serenity of a private garden in the moist atmosphere of a spring morning on a small river. Painted in the style of Ni Zan, Wang Jianzhang dedicated this work to his patron-friend Gong Weiliu (1611-1680). Gong retired from government service after the fall of the Ming dynasty and constructed a garden-retreat at his native home in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. He invited scholars and poets from his literary society to contribute writings of his estate, which are here mounted together with the painting in this scroll.
  • 1650-1680
    Gong Weiliu 宮偉鏐 [1611–1680], given by descent through his family to Gong Ben'ang
    ?-1874
    Gong Ben’ang 宮本昂 [1821–1874], by descent to relatives Lian Quan and his wife Wu Zhiying
    by 1910-1933
    Lian Quan 廉泉 [1868–1932] and Wu Zhiying 吳芝瑛 [1868–1933], Hangzhou, China
    ?-2008
    (Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    2008-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Moss, Paul. This Single Feather of Auspicious Light: Old Chinese Painting and Calligraphy. [London]: Sydney L. Moss Ltd, 2010. Mentioned: vol. 2, pp. 280-295
    “Art of Asia Acquired by North American Museums, 2008-2009.” Archives of Asian Art, vol. 60, 2010, pp. 95–159. Reproduced: p. 106 40863712
    Chou, Ju-hsi and Anita Chung. Silent poetry: Chinese paintings from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2015. Reproduced: pp. 336-341
    Chou, Ju-hsi and Anita Chung. Silent poetry: Chinese paintings from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2015. Mentioned: pp. 337-338
  • Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 242). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (January 7-July 7, 2015).
  • {{cite web|title=Spring Rain Thatched Hut|url=false|author=Wang Jianzhang|year=1650|access-date=18 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2008.108