Conversation in Autumn



Hua Yan 華喦

(Chinese, 1682–c. 1765)
Overall: 218.5 x 71.7 cm (86 x 28 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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A barren tree on the lower left has a hole in its lower trunk through which is visible a young servant carrying food to the gentlemen in the cottage.


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.
Conversation in Autumn

Conversation in Autumn


Hua Yan

(Chinese, 1682–c. 1765)
China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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