Dream Journey to Rivers and Mountains

A work made of handscroll; ink and soft colors on paper.

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  • A work made of handscroll; ink and soft colors on paper.

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1912); c. 1655

Artist:

Cheng Zhengkui (attributed)
Chinese, 1604-76

About this artwork

In 1649, the former Ming dynasty official Cheng Zhengkui emerged from retirement in south China to serve the new Manchu Qing court in Beijing. Thereafter, he resolved to paint and present as gifts to his fellow officials an ambitious series of more than one hundred scrolls under the title Dream Journey Among Rivers and Mountains. “Dream Journey,” literally “to travel while reclining,” suggests a tour that is purely visionary. This work is likely one of nearly forty scrolls that reportedly survive from the series. Although painted in Beijing, Cheng’s imagery clearly depicts the low-lying hills, valleys, rivers, and waterfalls distinctive to south China, where intellectuals were relatively isolated from the new, alien regime. His tranquil style integrates subtle elements of earlier masters.

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Artist

Cheng Zhengkui

Title

Dream Journey to Rivers and Mountains

Origin

China

Date

1644–1912

Medium

Handscroll; ink and soft colors on paper

Inscriptions

Dated:1646 colophon

Dimensions

7 3/4 × 111 in.

Credit Line

W. L. Mead Fund

Reference Number

1953.161

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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