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An image of Returning home from gathering fungus by WANG Jianzhang

WANG Jianzhang

(China  – )

Title
Returning home from gathering fungus
Other titles:
Cai-zhi-gui-wan-tu
Place of origin
China
Period
Chongzhen 1628 - 1644Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Year
1628
Media category
Painting
Materials used
hanging scroll; ink and slight colour on paper
Dimensions

85.4 x 51.2 cm image; 193.0 x 72.0 cm scroll

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. corner., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "...on the day of the Duanyang (fifth of the fifth month), in the year of Wuchen (1628) painted and inscribed by Wang Jianzhang". Signed u.l. corner., in Chinese stamped in red ink, "Yu Laixuan [artist's seals]”. Signed u.l. corner., in Chinese stamped in red ink, “Wang Jianzhang [artist's seals]".
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Edward Sternberg 1991
Accession number
265.1991
Location
Not on display
Further information

‘The isolation of the figure in the painting the dongtian-like mountain sets, and the magic fungus, all evoke the Daoist idea of individuals seeking spiritual freedom and immortality in the great mountains. Wang Jianzhang was born in Quanzhou in Fujian province, where local histories document his skill at drawing but little more is known of him. Some of his landscape paintings reached Japan (the source of this painting), probably through monks of the Obaku sect of Zen Buddhism, which was transferred to Japan after the fall of the Ming. The poem reads:

Trees on the cliff cage clouds, half moist.
The brushwood gate beside a steam is newly opened.
Facing the dawn, I seek for a poem, all alone;
As I gather fungus the sun sets, and I return.’

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.148.
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Bibliography (9)

Yin Cao, The Connoisseur and the Philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection, 'Chinese Art', pg. 12-23, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014, 21 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, The Connoisseur and the Philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection, 'The connoisseur and the philanthropist: the creation of a collection', pg. 5-10, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014, 5 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 5 is a detail of this work.

Edmund Capon, The Connoisseur and the Philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection, 'The connoisseur and the philanthropist: the creation of a collection', pg. 5-10, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014, 6.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 254 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape Painting', Sydney, 2003, 148-149 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 149 is a detail of this work.

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 9 (illus.), 10.

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 200 (colour illus.).

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Adventures in Asia. An education kit for the Asian gallery, Sydney, 2003, 6 (colour illus.). card no.6

Goldie Sternberg, Look, 'The Priest of Ink', pg. 14, Heidelberg, Dec 1993-Jan 1994, 14 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995

The connoisseur and the philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection of Chinese Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014–27 Apr 2014