Pulling Oars under Clearing Autumn Skies (Distant Mountains)

A work made of hanging scroll; ink and color on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

Ming dynasty (1368–1644); c. 1545

Artist:

Lu Zhi
Chinese, 1496-1576

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.

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Asian Art

Artist

Lu Zhi

Title

Pulling Oars under Clearing Autumn Skies (Distant Mountains)

Origin

China

Date

1540–1550

Medium

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Inscriptions

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.

Dimensions

105.8 × 31.1 cm (41 5/8 × 12 1/ 4 in.)

Credit Line

W. L. Mead Fund

Reference Number

1953.159

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