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River Landscape: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This small and intimate river panorama, like all hand scroll paintings, is meant to be read from right to left. Accordingly, close inspection will lead the viewer from a pine-shaded country villa on the right along twisted footpaths and open bridges to serene mist-shrouded distant mountains on the left. Usually such hand scrolls were unrolled slowly to be appreciated section by section by a limited audience of usually only one or two people.

Most of the motifs, formal conventions, and overall aesthetics of this small scroll relate to Sung dynasty (960-1280) ink landscape paintings of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Considered one of China's great contributions to world art, Northern Sung (960-1127) ink landscapes achieved a degree of naturalism by the eleventh century that evolved into a more lyrical, impressionistic depiction of nature that typified the Southern Sung (1127-1229). This type of illusionistic painting persisted into the early fourteenth century.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009