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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.71
People
Arnold Chang (Zhang Hong), American (born 1954)
Title
Panorama
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
wall scroll, painting
Date
1996
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/332121
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wall scroll; ink on paper; with date and signature of the artist reading "Bingzi wuyue Zhang Hong hua" and two seals of the artist reading "Yin Shan" and "Zhang Hong Zhi Xi"
Dimensions
95.9 x 185.4 cm (37 3/4 x 73 in.) Note that these are not rolled dimensions
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Vertically oriented signature at the proper right edge of the painting, the signature reading "Bingzi wuyue Zhang Hong hua". The signature can be translated as "Painted [by] Zhang Hong [in the] fifth month [of the] bingzi [cyclical year, which corresponds to 1996 in the Gregorian calendar]".
  • seal: Two of the artist's seals appear on the painting, as follows:
    Lower right corner -- Square, red, relief seal reading "Yin Shan".
    Upper left corner, following signature -- Square, red, relief seal reading "Zhang Hong Zhi Xi"
Provenance
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, sold April 2009
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, sold April 2009
M.K. Lau Collection, Ltd. Hong Kong, owner 1997-2009
Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong, sold 1996
Arnold Chang painted in Queens, New York City, 1996
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry James, by exchange
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.71
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This horizontally oriented wall scroll presents an up-close view of a mountainous landscape. Three series of peaks recede directly into the compositional space, one at the left edge, one in the center, and one at the right edge; mist-filled valleys separate the series of peaks. The valley at the viewer's left includes a waterfall that descends precipitously from the top of the composition to a mist-enshrouded area in the middleground, where it disappears from view; it re-emerges in the foreground, at the bottom of the composition. The mountain sides are steep and rocky, so that the few trees and scant other vegetation is limited mainly to the tops of the peaks. The painting is executed in ink on paper, using a very dry brush.
Publication History

Julia Frances Andrews, ed., A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth-Century China, exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, 1998), pl. 179

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