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Rivers flowing in the midst of ten thousand mountains

ink and watercolour on paper
67.0 × 67.0 cm (image and sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Shanghai, China
stamped in red ink l.r.: 屺瞻期頤後作 / 梅 花 竹 堂
inscribed in brush and ink u.l.: 江流 / 來自 / 万山 / 中 / 朱屺 瞻 年百岁
stamped in red ink u.l.: 朱屺 瞻
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Jason Yeap OAM through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2013
© Estate of the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
This mountain landscape has integrated traditional Chinese landscape painting with 20th century Western style painting. Compared to his later landscapes, this painting is done with more subdued colours of green and blue and pink, very much in the tradition of Chinese blue and green landscapes of the court academy style since the Tang dynasty (AD 618-906). The mountain forms are accentuated and outlined by the traditional calligraphic brushstrokes in black ink. As in traditional Chinese landscapes, the blank areas of the painting evoke clouds and mists and running streams. A village of houses is nestled in the mountains. Two contemporary figures are walking along a stream and as in traditional Chinese landscape paintings, the figures are very small.