Ni Zan / Poetic Thoughts in a Forest Pavilion / Ming dynasty, c. 1371Ni Zan
Poetic Thoughts in a Forest Pavilion
Ming dynasty, c. 1371

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Creator Name: Ni, Zan
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Chinese; 1301-1374 Asia,East Asia,China
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,China
Creator Name-CRT: Ni Zan
Title: Poetic Thoughts in a Forest Pavilion
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1366
Creation End Date: 1376
Creation Date: Ming dynasty, c. 1371
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,China
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Hanging Scroll
Materials and Techniques: Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions: 124 x 50.5 cm.
Inscriptions: inscription by the painter at the upper right
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1996.432
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Kate S. Buckingham Endowment Fund; restricted gift of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Subject Description: Painted in c. 1371, toward the end of Ni Zan's life, the painting presents a compositional type that he made famous: a spit of land with a simple dwelling in the foreground, an empty river in the middle ground, and desolate mountains on the far bank. The house in the foreground is surrounded by trees, bamboo, and an enormous garden stone.Inscription:In a forest pavilion, bamboo and trees give thickly overlapping shade,Seeking friends crying 'ying,' I too am fond of music.Reciting to strings [of the qin zither], gathered scholars are from time to time arranged and seated,In his district, Master Fu had only to play the qin. On the twenty-third day of the seventh month, I sketched [this] painting of 'Poetic Thoughts in a Forest Pavilion' and wrote the poem in order to leave it behind for the multi-talented Youxin. Zan.(S. Little, 1999)
AMICA ID: AIC_.1996.432
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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