Wei Shijie / Portrait of Hua Yan against Mountain Ranges and Waterfalls / 1705Wei Shijie
Portrait of Hua Yan against Mountain Ranges and Waterfalls

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Creator Name: Wei Shijie
Creator Qualifier: and
Creator Nationality: Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1682 - 1756
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Wei Shijie
Creator Name: Hua Yan
Creator Name-CRT: Hua Yan
Title: Portrait of Hua Yan against Mountain Ranges and Waterfalls
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1705
Creation End Date: 1705
Creation Date: 1705
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: Hanging scroll, Ink and color on silk
Dimensions: Overall: 130cm x 47.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.120
Credit Line: Gift of various donors by exchange
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: This painting was a cooperative venture; Wei Shijie painted the portrait of Hua Yan, while Hua Yan-who later became a famous painter-furnished the landscape backdrop. The portrait shows how youthful the subject appeared at the age of 23. He is depicted with a sword at his back, a reference to his early desire for a military career. He also wears a scholarly robe, which suggests an opposing aspiration. Together these are signs of a complex personality and indications of the varied identities Hua Yan would assume during his lifetime.The painting also shows Hua Yan's early talent in painting. In the landscape backdrop, he reveals a quick pace of brushwork, a liquid inktone, and a masterful handling of the peaks, ravines, and waterfall. Interestingly, these are also the very traits he would abandon in his mature years.
AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.120
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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