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Creator Name: Chien, Chang
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: painter
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Chang Chien
Title: Bamboo in Snow
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1689
Creation End Date: 1689
Creation Date: 1689
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Ink on silk
Dimensions: H.12-1/4 x W.222 in. (image)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 96.97.41
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

At first glance, this work lacks refinement and displays somewhat exhibitionist brushwork, but it is noteworthy because of the artist's creativity in handling rather traditional subject matter. Chang manipulated the ink with great dexterity and spontaneity to create stimulating visual structures. The artist imbued his forms with exceptional vitality, which augments the visual tension between his highly abstract natural images.

The 17th century was very disruptive to large segments of Chinese society following the fall of the Ming dynasty to Manchu troops. Some scholars reacted against artistic orthodoxy by placing greater emphasis on individual, if not eccentric, compositions and brushwork. Some of these traits can be seen here in Chang's energetic ink rendering.

AMICA ID: MIA_.96.97.41
Component Measured: image
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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