Collection Online
ink on paper
83.7 × 42.5 cm (image)
Place/s of Execution
inscribed in ink (in Chinese characters) (in image) u.l.:
stamped in red ink (in image) u.l.: 戴熙
stamped in red ink (in image) u.l.: 醇士
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1956
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
A landscape with mountain peaks, a receding river and huts and houses hidden in the midst of trees. In the foreground, two scholars converse within a thatched hut surrounded by trees and bamboos and an empty boat is parked nearby. As indicated in Dai’s inscription, the painting is following the style of HUANG Gongwang; for example, dry brushstrokes, hemp-fibre texture strokes, mist indicated by the blank area of the white paper, and landscape as a spiritual retreat. There are wonderful details such as the delicate brushstrokes representing bamboos. As in the scholar-amateur tradition, the two line poem in the inscription is expressed in the painting. The inscription is written in beautiful and elegant calligraphy.