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Pines in Landscape

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Pines in Landscape


Zhang Ruitu

Chinese, 1570-1641

The double pine is an age-old theme of moral rectitude and loyalty, which is echoed by the rock that alludes to enduring virtue. The trees' bare branches symbolize hardship and accumulated experiences, whereas the fresh pine needles depict vitality. Painted in the year of his promotion to the Imperial Cabinet, this work represented Zhang's aspiration.
Ink on satin
Overall: 108 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (275.6 x 74.9 cm)
Image: 80 3/8 x 22 9/16in. (204.2 x 57.3cm)
Partial gift of an anonymous donor and purchased with funds from the Sarah Ferris Fuller Fund
Provenance: Kaikodo
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film," (07/02/2016-02/26/2017)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective", December 22, 2007 - July 26, 2009 (12/22/2007 - 7/26/2009)

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Art Museums, "Worlds Within Worlds: The Richard Rosenblum Collection of Chinese Scholars' Rocks", Seattle Art Museum, 9/5-11/16/97 (09/05/1997 - 11/16/1997)
Published References"Art of Asia Acquired by North American Museums, 1992," in the Archives of Asian Art, Vol. 46 (1993), p. 108-120, illus no. 45.

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