Sea and Sky at Sunrise

Unidentified artist

Not on view

This fanciful painting bears a suite of false inscriptions and seals, including a fake signature of the twelfth-century court painter Zhao Boju. Zhao was famous for his blue-green landscapes, and many paintings bearing his name were produced in later centuries, some intended to fool collectors and others as charming reproductions. This painting, likely made in the seventeenth century, belongs to the latter category. The intense palette of azurite blue and malachite green, and the scalloped clouds that cling to the mountains, signals a magical, mysterious place that is difficult to access and inhabited by supernatural beings.

Sea and Sky at Sunrise, Unidentified artist  , fake signature of Zhao Boju (died ca. 1162), Handscroll; ink and color on silk, China

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