Chinese Literatus Viewing a Valley

Chinese Literatus Viewing a Valley

possibly mid- to late 1500s–1600s

Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper

Mounted: 137 x 46.3 cm (53 15/16 x 18 1/4 in.)

Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.593

Description

This painting depicts a well-recognized scene in East Asian painting most often associated with the Chinese Southern Song dynasty painter Ma Yuan: a figure, most likely a retired government official, contemplating a high mountain valley from a scenic overlook. The lower left corner of the painting has a tripod-shaped seal resembling that of Kano Hideyori. The work appears to have either been made or repurposed to hang as a pair with a painting by Hideyori.

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