Snow on mountains

Ren Zhenhan is originally from Guangdong province but lived in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong as well as on the mainland when he was young. He specialised in oil painting, only returning to traditional painting in the 1950s. This powerful landscape probably depicts a mountain in northern Taiwan.

The inscription on this painting reads ‘[It seems like] The Big Dipper hanging on the sky is shaken and falls to the Danjiang River [when it snows]. It also looks like plum blossoms covering a black gauze cap or cotton piling up on top of the Tunling Mountain. This is the power of Yujiang the god of wind and Tengliu the god of snow. Rivers’ and mountains’ beauty seem to have merged together, as if jade and pearls were clustered. Depicting accumulated snow on Datun in summer of a jisi year [1989].’

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    Ren Zhenhan, from Canton, lived while young in Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong as well as on the mainland. He specialised in oil painting, only returning to traditional painting in the 1950s. This powerful landscape, which probably depicts a mountain in northern Taiwan, is freely executed in traditional materials.

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