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About This Artwork
Dream Journey to Rivers and Mountains, Qing dynasty (1644–1912); c. 1655
Handscroll; ink and soft colors on paper
7 3/4 x 111 in.
W. L. Mead Fund, 1953.161
Not on Display
In 1649, the former Ming dynasty official Cheng Zhengkui emerged from retirement in south China to serve the new Manchu Qing court in Beijing. Thereafter, he resolved to paint and present as gifts to his fellow officials an ambitious series of more than one hundred scrolls under the title Dream Journey Among Rivers and Mountains. “Dream Journey,” literally “to travel while reclining,” suggests a tour that is purely visionary. This work is likely one of nearly forty scrolls that reportedly survive from the series. Although painted in Beijing, Cheng’s imagery clearly depicts the low-lying hills, valleys, rivers, and waterfalls distinctive to south China, where intellectuals were relatively isolated from the new, alien regime. His tranquil style integrates subtle elements of earlier masters.
SOC 9919, New York,NY, The China Institute Gallery,10/19/96-12/21/96.
The Art Institute of Chicago : Ming (1368-1644) Ching (1644-1921) dynasties Exhibition 1964
"The Life of a Patron" - ZhouLianggong(1612-1672) and Painters of Seveteenth Century China, by Hongnam Kim, China Institute in America, New York, 1996
The Art Institute of Chicago 1964 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 64-25438
Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Paintings: Vol. 1 American and Canadian Collections, compiled by Kei Suzuki , by University of Tokyo Press, 1982; page I-34, 35, No. A 3–014.