Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, after Huang Gongwang

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Artist: Wang Hui (1632-1717) After Huang Gongwang (1269-1354)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1672
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 38.4 x 743 cm (15 1/8 x 292 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
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Currently not on view


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

The Yuan dynasty painter Huang Gongwang (1269-1354) was venerated by literati artists during the Ming and Qing period. Huang Gongwang's most famous work, a long handscroll entitled Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, was frequently copied by later artists, particularly 17th century painters of the orthodox school.  Wang Hui painted several scrolls based on Huang Gongwang's composition, and this one is especially important since it preserves the beginning section now lost from the original. Although Wang Hui followed closely the composition and motives of the Yuan painting, the smooth brushstrokes and neat dots are the special characteristics of the painter's style. According to the inscription by his teacher, Wang Shimin, this unsigned work can be dated to 1672.

Published References
  • Wen C. Fong, Jerome Silbergeld. Bridges to Heaven: Essays on East Asian Art in honor of Professor Wen C. Fong. 2 volume set, Princeton. Covers.
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku [Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. vol. 1: pp. 206-207.
  • Laurence Sickman, Alexander Coburn Soper. The Art and Architecture of China. The Pelican History of Art London and Baltimore. pls. 144-145a.
  • Hugo Munsterberg. The Landscape Painting of China and Japan., 1st ed. Rutland, Vermont. pls. 63, 64.
  • Victoria Contag. Chinese Masters of the 17th Century. Rutland, Vermont. pl. 8.
  • Torao Miyagawa. Chinese Painting. History of the Art of China, 1st English ed. New York. pl. 99.
  • Mary Ellen Hayward. The Influence of the Classical Oriental Tradition. vol. 14, no. 2 Chicago, Summer 1979. fig. 9.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 57, vol. 1: p. 164.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 57.
  • Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717). Exh. cat. New York and New Haven. p. 63, fig. 56.
  • The Horizon Book of the Arts of China. New York. p. 164.
  • Mrs. Hin-cheung Lovell. Wang Hui's "Dwelling in the Fu-ch'un Mountain". vol. 8 Washington and Ann Arbor. pp. 217-242, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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