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The Gorges
現代 趙少昂繪 荒城煙雨 紙本設色
Date: 1969
Materials: Ink and colors on paper
Dimensions: H. 47 7/8 in x W. 22 3/4 in, H. 121.7 cm x W. 57.7 cm image; H. 62 3/8 in x W. 26 3/4 in, H. 156.0 cm x W. 67.8 cm overall
Credit Line: Collection of Master Chao Shao-An
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 1992.261
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 20

Description

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The Three Gorges, making up one of the most famous scenic areas in China, are the subject of numerous poems and pictorial representations. As described in the painting's inscription, the scenery as one sails up the Yangzi River is extremely dramatic. The narrow, often shallow waterway twists and turns through precipitous cliffs. Waves crash against the boats and shore with great force. In the past, colonies of gibbons lived on these cliffs; their eerie cries were a significant part of the experience along this waterway.

The construction of the Three Gorges Dam (completed in 2006*) compels us to ask to what extent the scenery depicted in this painting has been altered and to acknowledge that experiencing the site as it was before the dam was built is now possible only through artistic representations of it.

*That year, the Asian Art Museum mounted the exhibition The Three Gorges Project: Paintings by Liu Xiaodong (April 7–July 16).


Label:

The Three Gorges, making up one of the most famous scenic areas in China, are the subject of numerous poems and pictorial representations. As described in the painting's inscription, the scenery as one sails up the Yangzi River is extremely dramatic. The narrow, often shallow waterway twists and turns through precipitous cliffs. Waves crash against the boats and shore with great force. In the past, colonies of gibbons lived on these cliffs; their eerie cries were a significant part of the experience along this waterway.

The construction of the Three Gorges Dam (completed in 2006*) compels us to ask to what extent the scenery depicted in this painting has been altered and to acknowledge that experiencing the site as it was before the dam was built is now possible only through artistic representations of it.

*That year, the Asian Art Museum mounted the exhibition The Three Gorges Project: Paintings by Liu Xiaodong (April 7–July 16).


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