This ink-monochrome painting is executed with a dry brush, a technique evoking the old method associated with the 10th-century painters Dong Yuan and Juran. The picture begins with hills in the distance and nearby mountains, and trees shown in detail in the foreground. A waterfall flows down from distant densely forested peaks, in which mountain passes lead to a valley. The middle section of the scroll shows a hermitage surrounded by autumn foliage, and a stream which unites with the river running into the distance.
drawings; watercolors (paintings)
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1 handscroll ; image 11 5/8 x 57 3/8 in. (28.7 x 145.3 cm), scroll size, open: 12 1/8 x 426 1/16 in. (30.5 x 1,082.6 cm)
Ink on paper
Upper left corner at the end of the image: Fang Dong Ju mofa, Jiachen huachao Ranxiang an zuo yu, xie ci Wang Jian 仿董巨墨法 甲辰花朝染香庵坐雨 寫此王鑒; Jian 鑒 (artist seal; relief in square). Lower right at the beginning of the image: Xu Zhao xiong yin 許兆熊印 (collector seal; intaglio in square); Xu shi fu zhou 許氏黼周 (collector seal; intaglio in square); Shi qi zhai cang 石契齋藏 (collector seal; intaglio in square). Lower left at the end of the image: an unidentified seal (intaglio in square). Colophon on a separate sheet of paper by Wu Weiye, signed and stamped with two seals: Wu Wei ye yin 吳偉業 (intaglio in square); Jun gong 駿公 (intaglio in square). Colophon on a separate sheet of paper by a certain Mr. Yang from Sizhou prefecture.
Gift of Chi-Ch'ien Wang to the Art History Department
The artist's inscription reads: "In the manner of Dong (Yuan) and Ju(ran), on the Flower Festival day in the jiachen year (2nd month of 1664) seated in the “Ranxiang an” studio under rain, Wang Jian painted this." This handscroll is mounted with a long colophon written by Wu Weiye 吳偉業 (1609-1671) and another by Mr. Yang.