Split ancient painting to be displayed in Taipei


TAIPEI — The smaller part of a famous Yuan Dynasty landscape painting, which was split and has been kept in two separate pieces in Taiwan and China for decades, will be sent to Taipei in May for an exhibition of the work in its entirety, reports from China said yesterday.

The painting, “Dwelling in the Fu Chun Mountains” (富春山居圖) by Yuan Dynasty artist Huang Gongwang (1269 1354), was accidentally torn in two during the Qing Dynasty.

Today, the smaller piece, 51.4 centimeters long, is kept at China’s Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou, while the other piece, nearly 639.9 cm long, is kept at the National Palace Museum (NPM) in suburban Taipei.

The ink on paper hand scroll is one of Huang’s few surviving works. It is known as his greatest work and one of the 10 most famous paintings in Chinese history.