Gazing at a waterfall

Zhang Shiyuan

Not on view

Zhang Shiyuan was a historically oriented painter who worked in Shanghai through the Republic period and into the early years of the People’s Republic of China. The layers of darting lines and boisterous dots that texture the hills of this scene were inspired by the seventeenth-century painter Shitao (1642–1707), a favorite in Shanghai painting circles in Zhang’s day. In a tall pavilion partially hidden by a rocky outcropping, two gentlemen commune over their shared admiration for the dramatic scenery.

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