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The Wangchuan Villa

A work made of handscroll; ink on silk.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of handscroll; ink on silk.

Date:

Jin dynasty (1115–1234), early 13th century

Artist:

Attributed to Li Gonglin (Chinese, 1049–1106)

About this artwork

This painting depicts the private estate of Wang Wei (c. 699–761), a government statesman renowned as a poet, painter, calligrapher, and musician. Wang periodically retired to this countryside villa, which he described in a painting and in a poem of 20 quatrains. Although Wang’s original pictorial composition is not preserved, this early reinterpretation depicts the scenic spots vividly described in his poetry.

Barely visible midway through the landscape is the spurious signature of the eminent artist Li Gonglin (c. 1049–1106). This scroll, which may accurately preserve Li’s composition, shows thickly contoured rocks, tight spatial recession, and other aspects stylistic features that are associated with Chinese artists active under the Jin, a Tartar state that conquered and occupied north China in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

The Wangchuan Villa

Place

China (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1201–1250

Medium

Handscroll; ink on silk

Dimensions

26.3 × 554 cm (216 × 10 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Fund

Reference Number

1950.1369

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