Night is quiet and the mountains empty

Artist: Gu Wenda 谷文達 (born 1955)
Historical period(s)
Modern period, 1985
Ink on paper
H x W (image): 138 × 68 cm (54 5/16 × 26 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth Kurzbauer in memory of Dr. Robert and Lisa Rates Kurzbauer and Dr. Marcus Jacobson
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

China, landscape, Modern period (1912 - present), mountain, night

From 1985-87 to 2001
Dr. Marcus Jacobson (1930-2001), purchased sometime between 1985 and 1987 in China from the artist, Gu Wenda [1]

From 2001 to 2017
Ruth Kurzbauer, Washington, DC, ownership transferred after the death of her husband, Dr. Marcus Jacobson in 2001 [2]

From 2017
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Ruth Kurzbauer, Washington, DC [3]


[1] See Acquisition Justification, copy in object file, Collections Management Office. See also correspondence between Dr. Jacobson and Gu Wenda in “Dr. Marcus Jacobson Papers of 20th Century Contemporary Artist Gu Wenda 1986-1988”, Freer Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Deed of Gift, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Ruth Kurzbauer
Dr. Marcus Jacobson American, 1930-2001

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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