Artist's title and inscription: Yü-shan ch'iu sê. Keng-yen san-jen Wang Hui painted (this) at the Hsi-shuang ko. Artist's seals: Wang Hui chih yin; Shih-ku; Collector's seals: Ts'ai Ch'i (ca.1662-ca. 1722), Weng T'ung-ho (1830-1904) and several unidentified collectors. (8 seals at beginning)
signed, dated, stamped and numbered out of 10 on mount verso
71.12 cm x 71.12 cm (28 in. x 28 in.)
A large ship sail against a cloud-filled sky in Kenya. The angle from which the photograph was taken creates a triangular shape to the sail. From the top corner to the left edge of the photo is a rope, and on the right side of the sail is a small black figure protruding from behind the cloth, possibly the top of the mast to which the sail is connected.
The low horizon used in this landscape painting creates a sense of expansive sky and flat terrain, which is divided equally between river and land. Figures and animals engage in variety of activities on the riverbank and in boats, including fishing and ferrying cargo and animals. Silhouetted against the vast sky stands a fortress on a spur of land with an orange flag flying from its tower. The opposite bank is visible in the distance as a dark broken line across the shining stretch of water.
This landscape depicts the fort overlooking the Maas River at Gennep, a town of strategic military importance in the southeastern the Netherlands. The painting commemorates the recapture of Gennep by the Dutch from the Spanish armies in 1641 during the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) in which the Dutch won their independence from Spain. From the battlements of the fort waves an orange flag, a reference to the House of Orange whose members were instrumental in the formation of the Dutch Republic.