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Spring Arriving in the Han Palace 漢宮春曉圖

A work made of hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk.
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  • A work made of hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk.


Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 1717


Yuan Jiang 袁江 (Chinese, active c. 1690–1724)

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Yuan Jiang is most renowned for his meticulous “ruled-line painting” (jiehua) of architecture—the only pictorial style to utilize carpentry tools along with the flexible brush. A master of composition as well as draftsmanship, Yuan seamlessly constructed buildings within landscapes of imposing grandeur and unexpected drama. This aristocratic villa and its surrounding garden of large, diagonally swept trees and huge, eroded rocks lies beneath distant mountain ranges that emerge and recede above a thick mist. Within this animated and dreamlike setting, figures in the foreground library, on the veranda, and in the surrounding garden appear isolated in their own tranquility. Such strikingly panoramic but personally accessible images were typically commissioned by affluent individuals of late imperial China for display in the spacious reception halls of their private mansions.


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Arts of Asia


Yuan Jiang


Spring Arriving in the Han Palace 漢宮春曉圖


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Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk


Inscribed by the artist:丁酉長至邗上袁江畫 On winter’s solstice of the year dingyou [1717], painted by Yuan Jiang of Hanshang [Yangzhou]. Seal: 文涛,袁江之印 Collector's seal: 陳□□藏書畫


165 × 99 cm (65 × 39 in.)

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Gift of Naomi Donnelley

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