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Landscape after Wu Zhen; 仿吳鎮山水; Fang Wu Zhen shanshui

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2006,0401,0.1

  • Title (object)

    • Landscape after Wu Zhen; 仿吳鎮山水; Fang Wu Zhen shanshui
  • Description

    Handscroll with landscape of mountains and trees, after Wu Zhen; ink on paper. Signed.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 2002
  • Production place

    • Painted in: New York
    • (Americas,North America,United States of America,New York (state),New York (city))
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 98 centimetres
    • Length: 375 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        right side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        壬午 巨川 張洪畫
      • Inscription Transliteration

        renwu juchuan Zhang Hong hua
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        right side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhang
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        right side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hong
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        bottom left
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        眼高手低
      • Inscription Transliteration

        yangao shoudi
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        right side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        ma
  • Curator's comments

    This painting personifies the continuation of the long-established tradition of literati painting and its re-interpretation in every generation.

    Published:
    CANS (Chinese Art News), No. 95, 2005, p.94.
    Liu Haisu Museum, 'Gaoshan Liushui', Shanghai, 2002, p.77.While many modern and contemporary ink painters (including Zhang Daqian and C.C. Wang) have sought to make ink painting relevant to the present through dramatic innovations in technique and subject matter, Chang’s goal is to connect with the past. Chang’s brushwork and compositions remain subtle in his works. They deviate from those of past masters not because he seeks deliberate change, but because his personality and experience inevitably shape his brushwork. The reflection of the individual through brushwork is a key to Chinese ink painting.

    Landscape after Wu Zhen was first exhibited in the Gaoshan liusui (Tall Mountains and Flowing Rivers) exhibition at the Liu Haisu Art Museum (Shanghai, 2002), and later in Embracing Tradition: Ink Landscapes by Arnold Chang at the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, U.S.A., 2005). Although it is the largest work Chang has created, he chose to retain the intimacy inherent to small works by scaling up the scope of the composition rather than the size of the brushstrokes. He did not intend to emulate Wu Zhen but, upon the painting’s completion, felt a connection between it and the artist.

    published: Eskenazi, Recent Paintings by Arnold Chang, London 2006, cat.7

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  • Bibliography

    • von Spee 2012 Cat.27 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    Liu Haisu Museum, 'Gaoshan Liushui', Shanghai, 2002.
    Crocker Art Museum, 'Embracing Traditions', Sacramento, California, 2005-6.
    Eskenazi, 'Recent paintings by Arnold Chang', London, 2006.

    May-Sept 2012, BM Galleries 91, 'Modern Chinese Ink Painting'

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2006

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2006,0401,0.1

  • Additional IDs

    • Ch.Ptg.Add.879 (Chinese Painting Additional Number)

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