Blog # 7: Non-Western, Spring Dawn over the Elixir Terrace

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


For a Non-Western piece of art, I chose this piece by Lu Guang from the Yuan Dynasty which is a Hanging Scroll done with ink on paper.  As long as I can remember, I have always been attracted to Chinese and Japanese art, and as I looked at several different works, there were several things that attracted me to this one.  First, it is amazing the way that it captures the details and characteristics of the  geological structure of the land.  Then like in many of the scrolls of this type, I like the style and how the fog is depicted as it envelopes the mountains.  The details of the trees, the depth,  the seclusion, and the remoteness depicted are also a something that I really enjoy.  I guess that it goes back to my passion of being in the wilderness and I could envision myself in a secluded mountain area like this one and being content there.

Spring Dawn over the Elixir Terrace,Yuan dynasty, 1369, Lu Guang, China

Lu Guang(Chinese @1300- 1371+), was a landscape painter and poet during the Yuan dynasty. As trouble arose within the Yuan dynasty, he traveled far and wide from his home of Suzhou to avoid the troubled times.  Once the Ming dynasty was established and stable, he returned to his home around 1368.  Once he was back home he then painted Spring Dawn over the Elixir Terrace.  During the Yuan dynasty, wash paintings were popular and depicted mountain and water scenes.

Lu’s Spring Dawn over the Elixir Terrace, was painted not long after he returned from his travels from the Lake Tai area following the establishment of the Ming dynasty in 1368.  It possibly  depicts a Daoist temple nestled in the mountains of the Shangqing (Upper Purity) order at Mount Mao, Jiangsu Province from his travels.  From his inscriptions, the painting is where divine birds sing and the immortals meet and gives an indication of his hope for the new dynasty.








  1. moesshop says:

    some of their works are done on the most delicate of materials and with such patience.

  2. What a great blog entry! I really enjoyed reading more about this piece of art and the story behind it. Chinese and Japanese art is one of my favorite categories of art as well. It took so much training and dedication from the artists to make their work.

  3. jmsinclair says:

    I really admire Japanese and Chinese artwork, and I enjoyed this serene piece you chose here. You included all the factual information and I like how you added your own persona story to the blog post. I admire the structure of the piece and the beautiful calligraphy of the Chinese/ Japanese writing, very beautiful. Thanks for posting!

  4. fipf86 says:

    Despite the fact that this is a wash painting and appears as a sketch, the artist does an excellent job in creating depth to the image and making it appear in 3 dimensions. There is minute detail in the reflection of the land at the water’s edge and way off in the distance, the temple (as you label it) almost hidden in the hills makes this image all the more intriguing. I found your statement “where the birds sing and mortals meeting” very interesting considering a strong religious feelings consumes you when observing the piece; even though I am far from a religious person.

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