Exhibitions/ Art Object

當代 張羽 靈光2000-8
Divine Light 2000–8

Zhang Yu (Chinese, born 1959)
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 157 1/2 x 39 3/8 in. (400 x 100 cm) Overall with mounting: 175 x 44 5/8 in. (444.5 x 113.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Chung Ching-hsin, 2011
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© Zhang Yu
Not on view
Zhang exploits the potential of the ink medium to create powerful nonfigurative works. This piece from his Divine Light series presents abstract geometric fields interwoven with irregular bands in contrasting shades of ink monochrome. Animating the picture surface are webs of delicate crackles and clusters of water drops, producing a sparkling, vibrating visual effect. Part mountain vista and part extraterrestrial vision, Zhang's paintings push the boundaries of the category of landscape.
Signature: In the lower left corner of the painting is a penciled signature and date (in English): "Zhang Yu 2000/2." Below this is a single Chinese character ? di ("earth" or "bottom"), indicating the work's proper orientation.
Chung Ching-hsin , Taichung, Taiwan (until 2011; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," December 9, 2013–April 6, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

Related Objects

Spring Clouds at the Pine Studio

Artist: Zhang Yu (Chinese, 1333–1385) Date: dated 1366 Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper Accession: 1980.426.3 On view in:Not on view

Landscape No. 882

Artist: Wang Jiqian (C. C. Wang) (1907–2003) Date: 1986 Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper Accession: 2016.519.2 On view in:Gallery 213

Misty Bamboo on a Distant Mountain

Artist: Zheng Xie (Chinese, 1693–1765) Date: dated 1753 Medium: Set of four hanging scrolls; ink on paper Accession: 1990.322a–d On view in:Gallery 226

Playing the zither for a crane

Date: mid-16th century Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper Accession: 1972.278.3 On view in:Gallery 214