Ruyan Chen / Mountains of the Immortals / 1279-1368Ruyan Chen
Mountains of the Immortals

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Creator Name: Chen, Ruyan
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: c. 1331 - bef 1371
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Ruyan Chen
Creator Name: Ni, Zan
Creator Role: inscription by
Creator Dates/Places: 1301 - 1374
Creator Name-CRT: Ni Zan
Title: Mountains of the Immortals
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1279
Creation End Date: 1368
Creation Date: 1279-1368
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: handscroll, ink and color on silk
Dimensions: Overall: 35cm
Inscriptions: The inscription by Ni Zan in the upper right of the painting reads: The picture of Mountains of the Immortals was painted by Chen Ruyan. Its refinement, mellowness, and purity have succeeded profoundly in capturing the brush ideas of Zhao Mengfu. Now the gentlelman is no longer with us. One will never be able to acquire such a painting again. Ni Zan, 1371
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1997.95
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry
Context: This extraordinary painting reveals the intense desire by Yuan artists to capture and renew the flavor of past generations. The fantastic landscape is painted in the "blue and green" style associated with the Tang dynasty (618-907), a period of superb cultural achievement in China. Athough the intense mineral pigments have faded with the passage of time, the artist's vision of an imaginary land remains intact for the modern viewer.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1997.95
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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