Pure Tones among Hills and Waters

Pure Tones among Hills and Waters



Xiao Yuncong 蕭雲從

(Chinese, 1596-1673)

Handscroll, ink and light color on paper

Overall: 30.8 x 781.7 cm (12 1/8 x 307 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1954.262



Painted by Xiao Yuncong at an advanced age, this work exhibits a spontaneous effect of effortlessness, with a rough boldness that differs from the artist's other style depicting striated mountains with carefully articulated brushwork.

A humble retreat amid planted pines is set against the backdrop of grand mountains and rivers. A mood of quietude echoes these poetic lines in the artist’s inscription: The myriad sounds for a time fall silent, and a trifling breeze drops a pure tone. No one can describe this feeling, and who could appraise this scene?

See also
ASIAN - Handscroll
Chinese Art
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