Dancing Immortals and Crane
Dancing Immortals and Crane
Dancing Immortals and Crane
Dancing Immortals and Crane
Dancing Immortals and Crane

Dancing Immortals and Crane

Liu Jun (Chinese)

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Liu Jun has been praised by a recent critic as being "perhaps the single most innovative and influential figure painter of the mid-Ming court." His subjects are generally important people, ranging from didactic narratives involving famous emperors or venerable scholars to the ever-popular immortals, such as these four of the Eight Immortals.

Liu's landscape style borrows elements from the paintings of the Southern Song Academy (about 1200), and his figure style, characterized by fine details with heavily modeled areas of skin to emphasize volume, is reminiscent of Yuan dynasty artists of the early 1300s.

In many cultures throughout time and around the world, the dance of cranes was considered special and people imitated that dance.

Private collection, Japan; (James Freeman, Kyoto); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2006

Object Information

artist
Liu Jun (Chinese)
dynasty
Ming dynasty
creation date
1430s-1490s
materials
ink and color on silk
dimensions
61-1/2 x 41-1/4 in. (image)
93-1/8 x 42-5/8 x 2-3/4 in. (mounting without knobs)
94 x 45-3/8 x 2-3/4 in. (installed with knobs)
3 x 45-3/8 in. (rolled)
mark descriptions
Signed: Liu Jun
Seal
accession number
2006.2
credit line
Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Fund
collection
Asian Art
colors

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