About this artwork
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.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of Asia
- Lu Zhi
- Pulling Oars under Clearing Autumn Skies (Distant Mountains)
- 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 × 12 1/ 4 in.)
- W. L. Mead Fund