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Returning home from gathering fungus



  • Details

    Other Title
    Place where the work was made
    Chongzhen 1628 - 1644 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and slight colour on paper
    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]".

    Purchased with funds provided by Edward Sternberg 1991
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Wang Jianzhang

    Works in the collection


  • About

    ‘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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications