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Conversation in Autumn

Conversation in Autumn

講秋圖

1732

Hua Yan

(Chinese, 1682-about 1765)

Hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper

Overall: 218.5 x 71.7 cm (86 x 28 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1954.263

Description

Two figures sit conversing in a thatched cottage. This painting illustrates two poetic lines:

My guest came to sit beyond the dust,
In a narrow room, we talked about the autumnal sounds of autumn.

Hua Yan presented an intimate world—simple and rustic—amid a landscape. The cool wilderness depicted in this work conveys an aloofness that may reveal the inner world of a scholar-artist who failed the civil service examination but preserved a sense of pride and endurance in his humble surroundings.

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