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Artist: Wu Dan (active 1672-1712)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1672-75
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 17.9 x 261.4 cm (7 1/16 x 102 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
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On View Location
Currently not on view


China, landscape, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance research underway.

Little is known about the painter of this handscroll, Wu Dan, and relatively few of his works survive. According to contemporary accounts, he was a native of Nanjing and had a passionate disposition, traveling widely around the country and finding release for his emotions through painting. He initially emulated the styles of various early masters, but later developed his own approach, combining subtle colors with delicate lines and washes of ink to create misty landscape compositions. Begun in 1672 and completed three years later, this long, narrow river scene is among Wu's earliest known works.

Published References
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku [Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. vol. 1: pp. 220-221.
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles. 7 vols., New York and London, 1956-1958. vol. 2: p. 450.
  • Nakata Yujiro, Fu Shen. O-bei shuzo Chugoku hosho meiseki shu [Masterpieces of Chinese Calligraphy in American and European Collections]. 6 vols., Tokyo, 1981-1983. vol. 6: pls. 49-50.
  • Chugoku bijutsu [Chinese Art in Western Collections]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1973. vol. 2: pl. 52.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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