Wednesday October 2, 2019 at noon
By Claudia Brown, Ph.D. Professor of Art History, Arizona State University
Mountains and rivers played a major role as esteemed subjects for painters in traditional China. References to old masters were important, but artists interpreted landscape scenes in their own ways. Some artists commemorated actual places while others painted ideal “mountains of the mind.” This group of paintings on view encompasses works by professional artists, court painters and scholar-artists from China’s Ming and Qing dynasties. All are recent gifts to the Museum from the Papp Family Collection. Included is a painting by a female artist and a painting by an artist who made his career in Japan.
Image credit: Zhang Hong, Meditation Beneath Autumn Trees, 1632. Ink and color on paper. Gift of The Papp Family Foundation.