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The Mountain of Five Cataracts

The Mountain of Five Cataracts



Chen Hongshou 陳洪綬

(Chinese, 1598/99–1652)

China, Ming dynasty


Hanging scroll, ink on silk

Painting: 118 x 53 cm (46 7/16 x 20 7/8 in.); Overall: 232.4 x 69.7 cm (91 1/2 x 27 7/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1966.366



A unique landscape painting in the existing body of Chen Hongshou’s art, this painting reveals his involvement with the practice of fang (imitation) to achieve creative transformation. Chen acquired the tradition stemming from Dong Yuan of the Five Dynasties, with which he sought an artistic individuality that lends his work an idiosyncratic vision and extraordinary power.

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Chinese Art
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