View of Stone Lake

Full Title: 
View of Lake Shi ; 石湖圖卷; View of Stone Lake
Culture: 
Materials: 
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 
29.7 cm (height) x 95.1 cm (length)
Notes: 
The handscroll begins with a diagonal composition – emphasized by the movement of boats on the lake – directing the viewer's gaze from the upper right side to the foreground, where simple houses under willow trees and a bridge can be seen. Unrolling the scroll further, the lake broadens, and the horizontal format of the scroll is echoed in the bridges reaching across the remaining length of the scroll. The scenery depicted is relatively close at hand, offering no view into the distance, and is of tranquil nature. Boats and figures, either walking or occupying the boats alone and in pairs, seem to leisurely enjoy the scenery. The application of ink and color is sparse, leaving much of the paper surface untouched, and the use of light ink and pastel colors further adds to the tranquil mood of the scenery. There are no harsh contours or contrasts, and texturing is almost completely absent. Lu Zhi, who active in the area of Suzhou, was a versatile artist who painted birds and flowers as well as landscapes. This landscape handscroll is signed by the artist and dated to the year 1588 in the Jiajing reign period. It begins with a diagonal composition – emphasized by the movement of boats on the lake – directing the viewer's gaze from the upper right side to the foreground, where simple houses under willow trees and a bridge can be seen. Unrolling the scroll further, the lake broadens, and the horizontal format of the scroll is echoed in the bridges reaching across the remaining length of the scroll. The application of ink and color has a spare sketchy quality, leaving much of the paper surface untouched. The use of light ink and pastel colors further adds to the tranquil mood of the scenery.
Repository Accession Number: 
48.1245
Rights: 
William Francis Warden Fund
Description Source: 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; http://www.mfa.org/
Scrolls Project ID: 
728 362