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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Liu Dan 劉丹 (Nanjing, People's Republic of China born 1953)
Ink Landscape
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
Creation Place: North America, United States, Hawaii, Honolulu
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Physical Descriptions

Hanging scroll; ink on paper; with artist's square red intaglio seal reading "Liu Dan Zhi Yin"
painting proper: H. 236.7 x W. 121.9 cm (93 3/16 x 48 in.)
mounting, including cord and roller ends: H. 373.4 x W. 150.5 cm (147 x 59 1/4 in.)
silk mounting only: H. 363.2 x W. 141 cm (143 x 55 1/2 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Liu Dan, artist, (1991-2005), sold; [through Kaikodo, New York, 1995]; to Harvard Art Museum.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz (Law School Class of 1965) in honor of Henry Whitney Munroe (Class of 1943)
© 1991 Liu Dan
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Alexandra Munroe, Liu Dan: Alternative Visions, exh. cat., Takashimaya Co. Ltd (New York and Tokyo, 1993)
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2004-2005 (Cambridge, MA, 2005), p. 11
  • Selected Objects of Scholarly Admiration/Liu Dan, auct. cat., Jeff Hsu Art Gallery (Taipei, 2005), n.p., essay illustration
  • Robert D. Mowry, The New Chinese Landscape: Recent Acquisitions, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, Mass., 2006), pp. 6-7, 10, 12, fig. 5
  • Catherine Delacour, Rochers de lettrés, itineraries de l’art en Chine, exh. cat., Musée Guimet (Paris, France, 2012), p. 144, cat. no. 96; p. 52, fig. 20 (detail)
  • Liu Yang and Stephen Little, Ink Unbound: Paintings by Liu Dan, exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, 2016), pp. 12, 25, 56-57, cat. no. 2
  • Claudia Brown, "Acquisitions of Chinese Painting by North American Museums Since the 1980s: Some Impressions", World. 3, Research on Chinese art history : a Western perspective, Shanghai renmin chubanshe and OCAT Institute (Shanghai, 2020), pp. 112-131, pp. 129-130, fig. 9

Exhibition History

  • The New Chinese Landscape: Recent Acquisitions, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/12/2006 - 11/12/2006
  • Re-View: S228-230 (Asian rotation: 5) Brush and Ink Reconsidered: Contemporary Chinese Landscapes, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/23/2010 - 05/14/2011
  • The roads of Art in China and scholar’s rocks, Musée Guimet, Paris, 03/28/2012 - 06/25/2012
  • Ink Unbound: Paintings by Liu Dan, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 09/17/2016 - 01/30/2017

Subjects and Contexts

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