Spring Arriving in the Han Palace

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.

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 1717

Artist:

Yuan Jiang
Chinese, active c. 1690–1724

About this artwork

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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Artist

Yuan Jiang

Title

Spring Arriving in the Han Palace

Origin

China

Date

1712–1722

Medium

Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk

Inscriptions

Inscribed by the artist: On winter’s solstice of the year dingyou [1717], painted by Yuan Jiang of Hanshang [Yangzhou].

Dimensions

65 × 39 in. (165 × 99 cm).

Credit Line

Gift of Naomi Donnelley

Reference Number

1944.437

Extended information about this artwork

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