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Detail, Hostelry in the Mountains, mid- to late 12th century; Yan Ciyu, (Chinese, active 1160s-1180s); Southern Song dynasty; Ink and color on silk; China; Purchase F1935.10

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy

May 17–October 26, 2014
Freer Gallery of Art, gallery F13

Landscape painting is one of the outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. While the tradition has a long history reaching back to the third century, it was during the roughly four hundred-year period from the Five Dynasties (907–960) to the Song dynasty (960–1279) that its characteristic styles and techniques emerged. This exhibition showcases a group of the Freer’s best Song dynasty landscape paintings along with later works that illustrate the evolution of six different styles. A subsequent exhibition will explore developments during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368).

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