(Chinese, c. 1400-c. 1470)
Album leaf; ink and slight color on silk
Image: 24.7 x 22.2 cm (9 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.); Overall: 66.7 x 40.4 cm (26 1/4 x 15 7/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1952.283
Some fifty inhabitants of the Peach Blossom Spring gather in a small clearing surrounded by thatched huts and cottages.
A miniature inspired by the “Peach Blossom Spring,” this painting illustrates the well-known tale written by the poet-recluse Tao Yuanming (365–427 CE), in which a fisherman accidentally discovers a hidden utopian village where residents live in harmony, untouched by the outside world's troubles. While the painting lacks a signature, scholars concur on its attribution to Shi Rui, evident from the dynamic landscape and the effortlessly rendered figures that showcase the artist's skill.
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