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Chinese Painting: Scholar Rocks

"Chinese Painting: Scholar Rocks"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8  May 18, 2021 (Tue) - June 20, 2021 (Sun)

Elegant Gathering in Chengnan (detail)
By Yu Zhiding, China, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)

Chinese art often features strange-looking rocks with intricate twists and numerous holes. Fascination with such rocks has a long history. During the Tang dynasty (618–907), the poet Bai Juyi (772–846) described them in his Account of Lake Tai Rocks. Successive generations of rock enthusiasts not only collected and appreciated them, but also tried to express their beauty in paintings. This exhibition features such paintings from the 17th to the 20th century.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Lake Tai Rock By Yu Sheng (1962–after 1767), China Qing dynasty, 18th century Private collection
_MD_RECOMMEND Cloud Root By Wu Changshuo (1844–1927), China Republic period, 1912 Private collection
_MD_RECOMMEND Elegant Gathering in Chengnan By Yu Zhiding (1647–1716), China Qing dynasty, 17th century Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro, TA-198
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