First half of Ten Thousand Li of the Yangzi River

Unidentified artist

Not on view

This handscroll was split into two pieces; this is the first half. Once attributed to the Southern Song court painter Xia Gui, these paintings in fact reflect a later interpretation of the artist’s style. Xia’s subtle brushwork has been magnified in both size and intensity to create a bold, high-contrast work of art. Ten Thousand Li of the Yangzi River exemplifies a type of fifteenth-century painting in which earlier styles—especially those of the Southern Song—were intensified to cater to the aesthetic of court and urban patrons.

First half of Ten Thousand Li of the Yangzi River, Unidentified artist  , fake signature of Xia Gui (active ca. 1195–1230), Handscroll; ink and color on silk, China

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