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Copy of Dong Qichang’s Wanluan Thatched Cottage

Qian Du Chinese

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This painting is a copy of one of the most celebrated depictions of a rustic retreat in Chinese history: Dong Qichang’s Wanluan Thatched Cottage of 1597. Dong painted his strange, off-kilter composition to commemorate his friend Chen Jiru’s newly completed mountain villa. More than two centuries later, Qian Du lovingly copied every aspect of the painting, including three inscriptions by the artist and the many inscriptions by the Qianlong emperor that cover the painting’s surface. Qian followed the original in all respects but one: the long, pliant needles of the pine trees in the foreground are rendered in Qian’s distinctive manner.

Copy of Dong Qichang’s Wanluan Thatched Cottage, Qian Du (Chinese, 1763–1844), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, China

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