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Snow on mountains

  • Description

    Ren Zhenhan is originally from Guangdong province but lived in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong as well as on the mainland when he was young. He specialised in oil painting, only returning to traditional painting in the 1950s. This powerful landscape probably depicts a mountain in northern Taiwan.

    The inscription on this painting reads ‘[It seems like] The Big Dipper hanging on the sky is shaken and falls to the Danjiang River [when it snows]. It also looks like plum blossoms covering a black gauze cap or cotton piling up on top of the Tunling Mountain. This is the power of Yujiang the god of wind and Tengliu the god of snow. Rivers’ and mountains’ beauty seem to have merged together, as if jade and pearls were clustered. Depicting accumulated snow on Datun in summer of a jisi year [1989].’

  • Details

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    AsiaChina Hong Kong (possible place of creation)
    Asia Taiwan (possible place of creation)
    Asia Taiwan (Mount Datun) (subject)
    Ren Zhenhan (1907 - 1991) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink and slight colour on paper
    frame 107.2 x 72.1 x 2.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 67.6 x 53.6 cm (height x width)
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    Presented in honour of the forthcoming 70th birthdays of Jose Mauricio and Angelita Trinidad Reyes, 1995.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 24 September-1 December 1996, Modern Chinese Paintings: The Reyes Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Vainker, Shelagh (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1996), no. 75 on p. 59, illus. p. 59 fig. 75

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