- Museum number
- Object: 寒林圖 (Wintry Trees)
Hanging scroll. Landscape. Bare trees in winter with stream. Reference to Li Cheng (919-67). Painted in a dry style. Inscriptions and seals. Ink on paper.
- Production date
Height: 90.50 centimetres (image)
Height: 222 centimetres (mount)
Width: 31 centimetres (image)
Width: 61 centimetres (mount)
- Curator's comments
- Rawson 1992:
Wen Zhengming was the leading amateur-literati painter of the 16th century and, with Shen Zhou (1427-1509), one of the principal artists of the Wu school of the scholars-officials. Both of them looked back to the work of the Yuan masters and were preoccupied with the identification of different forms of brushwork as suitably expressive for different occasions.
This painting was said by him to have been inspired by the work of Li Cheng, a tenth-century landscape artist. Its spare, rather dry brushwork again repeats the deliberately simple, austere quality that is the feature of many so-called literati paintings.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014 3 Apr-31 Aug, BM Gallery 91, 'Gems of Chinese painting: a voyage along the Yangzi River'
2019 9 Oct-25 Nov, BM Gallery 91a, part of Admonitions Scroll display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Ch.Ptg.Add.351 (Chinese Painting Additional Number)