The Wangchuan Villa

A work made of handscroll; ink on silk.
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  • A work made of handscroll; ink on silk.

Date:

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

Artist:

Artist unknown
Spurious signature of Li Gonglin (Chinese, c. 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.

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Title

The Wangchuan Villa

Origin

China

Date

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

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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