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Soaring Peaks, Lofty Spirits

January 16, 2009–April 12, 2009
Gallery 108

Inspired by China’s majestic mountains, selections from 400 years of Chinese painting display restless motion, cool detachment, or quiet retreat, and evoke the loftiest of human ideals.

Among all elements of China’s spectacular topography, majestic mountains have provided the most compelling inspiration for centuries of creative painters. Whether quietly or dramatically expressive, these artists’ multilayered compositions resonate with the complex patterns and textures of nature. They may embody restless motion, cool detachment, or quiet retreat, or even more subtly, evoke the loftiest of human ideals. The paintings exhibited here span the past 400 years and in their rhythmic energy, achieve lives of their own.

Zhang Hong (Arnold Chang). Landscape after the Ancient Masters, 2004. Samuel Nickerson Endowment.