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Taihu Rock from Jiemei Studio

Liu Dan

Asian Art

Liu Dan received his early education from his grandfather. Following the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), he entered the Jiangsu Chinese Painting Institute to gain formal training. Meticulous brushwork and subtle gradations in ink tones are hallmarks of his painting style.

This monumental painting depicts a Taihu rock, or spirit stone, a variety of limestone appreciated by Chinese connoisseurs for the way it suggests a landscape in miniature. The rock's combination of abstract forms and voided space also recalls Chinese calligraphy. These stones were often installed in gardens or on the desks of scholars as focal points for meditation. In the hands of a contemporary artist, the traditional Taihu rock form becomes a modernist abstraction.

MEDIUM Ink on paper
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 2006
    PERIOD Contemporary
    DIMENSIONS Image: 102 3/8 x 60 1/8 in. (260 x 152.7 cm) Sheet: 110 x 67 3/4 in. (279.4 x 172.1 cm) Frame: 113 1/2 x 71 in. (288.3 x 180.3 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE [Signed] "Jiemeitang cang Taihu shi Liu Dan hua yu Beijing"; [Seal] Liu Dan zhi yin (square, intaglio).
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Asian Art Council, 2005 China Trip Participants, in honor of Amy G. Poster, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator and Chair, Asian Art
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    CAPTION Liu Dan (Chinese, born 1953). Taihu Rock from Jiemei Studio, 2006. Ink on paper, Image: 102 3/8 x 60 1/8 in. (260 x 152.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council, 2005 China Trip Participants, in honor of Amy G. Poster, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator and Chair, Asian Art, 2006.19. © Liu Dan
    IMAGE overall, 2006.19_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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