Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a panoramic painting by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145). Capturing the daily life of his time, it shows all levels of society from rich to poor, as well as different economic activities in rural areas and in the city. The countryside and the densely populated city are the two main sections in the picture, with the river meandering through the entire length. The 5-metre long painting is known for its accurate images of a variety natural elements and architecture, boats and bridges, market place and stores, people and scenery…including 814 humans, 28 boats, 60 animals, 30 buildings, 20 vehicles and 170 trees!
This Chinese cultural treasure is available as a series of seven, 950-piece jigsaw puzzles, each showing a separate section of the painting. The puzzle pictured above shows a bridge crossing the river where a great commotion is happening. A boat approaches at an awkward angle with its mast not completely lowered, threatening to crash into the bridge. The crowds on the bridge and along the riverside are shouting and gesturing toward the boat. The narrow strip above shows the entire painting.
With fine lines and sepia colouring, these challenging puzzles are a great gift that will delight serious jigsaw puzzle fans. Or, if it’s for yourself, gather family or friends around the table…you may need help with these!