During Wang Wen's years as a scholarly official in the provincial capital of Nanjing, he was influenced by the works of professional painters at court. After retirement Wang painted the view from his pavilion atop Paradise Mountain at the confluence of tributaries to Lake Tai in Zhejiang Province. Although the brushwork and composition are akin to scholarly painting, the unpretentious subject and playful execution are in keeping with professional painting.
Artist Wang Wen, Chinese, 1497-1576
Title
  • View from the Keyin Pavilion on Paradise (Baojie) Mountain
Date 1562
Medium Ink on silk
Dimensions Overall: 16 inches × 31 feet 6 3/4 inches (40.6 cm × 9 m 62 cm)
Image: 15 1/2 inches × 19 feet 4 inches (39.4 cm × 5 m 89.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Fisher by exchange
Accession Number 1993.51
Department Asian Art
On View Chinese Art N1DD, Level 1 (see map)
(Sydney L. Moss, Ltd., London, England);
1993-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)