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Title

(Mountain landscape with a temple and pagoda beyond pine trees)

17th century

Artist

Cheng Sui

China

1605 - 1691

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    17th century
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    album leaf; ink on paper
    Dimensions
    26.3 x 34.0 cm approx.
    Credit
    Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    EP41.1962
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Cheng Sui

    Works in the collection

    16

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  • About

    Cheng Sui, alias Muqian, was a native of Shexian, Anhui province. Like many traditional literati artists, Cheng mastered painting, writing and poetry, as well as seal carving. But above all, he was considered a man of great moral integrity.

    Cheng Sui belonged to a group of loyalist-literati known as 'yimin' or 'left-over people', who refused to transfer their political allegiance from the native Ming to the alien Qing. His dissent was expressed in the literary name he took for himself - 'Goudaoren' (dusty or grim monk) - thus indicating his regret and pain at being unable to stop the foreign conqueror. The effect of dynastical change on Cheng Sui and his painting style is reflected in these albums, painted in 1668, some two decades after the decline of the Ming dynasty. The choice of subject matter is not new: we see simple huts standing by shores, secluded temples concealed in mountains, an isolated boat with a man drifting between river and sky, and a lonely scholar strolling alone along the streamside. However, one can immediately sense the certain plainness, a melancholy and often bleak and lonely feeling. All these sentiments were reinforced by his characteristic dry and bold brush outlines, added by small dots of dry dark ink. Inscriptions were also brushed with very dry ink, echoing the brush works of the landscape.

    Excerpt fromThe Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.148.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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