Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470 - 1559), Landscape in Rain, c. 1500-1559, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Fan. Ink on paper. H. 5 3/4 in x W. 16 1/2 in, H. 14.5 cm x W. 42 cm (image); H. 13 1/4 in x W. 24 in, H. 33.7 cm x W. 61 cm (overall). Museum purchase, B79D20 © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture
This scene depicts a quiet river landscape. The details of the distant mountains and the boat are intentionally softened to make them look as if they were being viewed through a veil of mist. Such effects captured the characteristic lush environment surrounding the southern city of Suzhou. The craggy pine in the right foreground is the only element executed with bold application of dark ink.