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Landscapes after Tang Poems

Sheng Maoye (Chinese, active ca. 1615–ca. 1640)

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
mid 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album of six paintings; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
.1: 11 1/4 x 12 in. (28.6 x 30.5 cm) .2: 11 1/4 x 12 in. (28.6 x 30.5 cm) .3: 11 5/8 x 12 in. (29.5 x 30.5 cm) .4: 11 1/4 x 12 in. (28.6 x 30.5 cm) .5: 11 7/8 x 12 in. (30.2 x 30.5 cm) .6: 11 5/8 x 12 in. (29.5 x 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Sackler Fund, 1969
Accession Number:
69.242.1–.6
  • Description

    Sheng Maoye, a professional painter active in his native Suzhou, shows in his work a lively interest in the shifting atmospheric effects of landscapes in mist and rain or of clouds at twilight or dawn. In these album leaves, images suggested by couplets excerpted from Tang-dynasty (618–907) poems provided the springboard for the artist's imagination. Sheng's interest in exploring the descriptive potentials
    of monochrome ink—sometimes with the addition of pale colors—to suggest different states of atmospheric realism was shared by his contemporaries in the Nanjing area, including Fan Qi (1616–after 1694) and Gong Xian (1619–1689).

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