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Elegant Gathering of the West Garden
  • Qiu Ying
    1494–circa 1552
    born: Taicang, Jiangsu province, China ; died: Wuxian (present-day Suzhou), Jiangsu province, China ; active: China
  • Elegant Gathering of the West Garden, late 1800s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Where object was made: China
  • ink, color on silk
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 135.8 x 52.1 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 53 7/16 x 20 1/2 in
  • Gift of Helen Marcy Johnson and Arthur S. Johnson
  • Not on display
  • 1981.0231
Label Text

Landscape view with people in the foreground doing scholarly activity and mountains in the background.
This composition comprises various groups of figures that create a meandering pattern up the scroll that leads the viewer into the misty distance. The landscape elements like the large pine in the foreground, bridge in middle distance, and mountain slope in the distance assist in directing the viewer’s gaze through the painting.