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Winter Clouds over the Road to Shu

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Hine Taizan, Winter Clouds over the Road to Shu, 1858, hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk, Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund, public domain, 86.20

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Title

Winter Clouds over the Road to Shu

Artist

Hine Taizan (Japanese, 1813-1869)

Date

1858

Medium

hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

Dimensions (H x W x D)

painting: 54 1/8 in x 21 1/2 in; mounting: 81 3/4 in x 28 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: Winter clouds over the road to Shu, painted on an autumn day in the horse year [1858] in Taizan's studio. Hi Shônen.

seal: Hinaga...Shônen

seal: Sensei

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

hanging scroll

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund

Accession Number

86.20

Copyright

public domain

Terms

color

hanging scrolls

ink

paintings

silk

winter

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

1st Floor

Schnitzer Family Gallery

Description

This haunting landscape, with its snow-piled cliffs twisting and turning along the right edge and a grey abyss at the left, evokes a famous episode in Chinese history and literature. In the mid-eighth century, a rebellion drove the Emperor Ming Huang out of his capital city. With his beloved consort Yang Guifei, he fled to the mountains of Shu (the ancient name for Sichuan province). Along the way, Yang Guifei was slain by members of the imperial guard who blamed her and her family for the ruin of the empire. The Road to Shu was an enduring subject in Chinese painting, and was taken up by literati painters in Japan as well during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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