Saturday, January 31, 2015
Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Dynasty Legacy
When: through May 31, 2015
This display is the second in a three-part series on Chinese landscape painting and focuses on the Yuan Dynasty. This period followed the Song Dynasty, the subject of the series' first part.
One of the things I noticed when visiting this exhibit is the intimacy of Chinese landscape painting. When you see American landscapes, they're often majestic, epic, awe-inspiring; these are drawn on a much more human scale. I felt a much deeper connection with the works than I do with gigantic landscapes. With those, I admire the art and the talent of the artist; the works are certainly breath-taking, but I can relate to Chinese landscapes so much better.
For what I think is the first time in all my trips to the Freer, I saw a piece that the curators had purchased - not a gift of Freer himself. This was a painting done in the 1940s (so I knew it couldn't have been part of Freer's collection) that's a painstakingly accurate copy of a piece by Zhu Derun. According to the wall notes, without the original to compare it to, you can't tell it's a copy.
Verdict: If you like Chinese landscapes, have a look. I'm eager to see what the third installment will contain.
Labels: Freer Gallery of Art, May 2015, Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Dynasty Legacy