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Pulling Oars under Clearing Autumn Skies 晴秋涉櫂圖

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


Ming dynasty (1368–1644); c. 1545


Lu Zhi 陸治 (Chinese, 1496-1576)

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Landscape painting offered artists the opportunity to create visual poems about the beauty and continuity of nature and man’s place in it. Lu Zhi, a 16th-century artist, belonged to a class of highly educated men who painted for their own pleasure. In Distant Mountains, he used multiple ground planes and suggestive voids to create a majestic vista of jagged peaks and a meandering, wide river. Through the crystalline precision of his brush strokes, the artist achieved an image of great clarity and refinement.


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Arts of Asia


Lu Zhi


Pulling Oars under Clearing Autumn Skies 晴秋涉櫂圖


China (Artist's nationality:)

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Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper


Inscribed by the artist: Beyond the sky the distant mountains seem to float like green jade. In the evening light, on my magnolia boat, I watch numberless hibiscus spread toward me in the rapid wind. I feast my eye on the cold river in autumn. Lu Zhi.


105.8 × 31.1 cm (41 5/8 × 17 in.)

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W. L. Mead Fund

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