Handscroll, ink and color on paper
Overall: 27 x 271.3 cm (10 5/8 x 106 13/16 in.); Painting only: 21 x 60 cm (8 1/4 x 23 5/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1954.581
Wen Boren depicted the chilly autumn water with a fishnet pattern.
This handscroll depicts The Song of the Pipa (Pipa Xing 琵琶行) poem by Bai Juyi 白居易 (772–846) about the poet’s encounter with a pipa player on the Yangzi River. Her excellent musical performance and tragic life story resonated with Bai Juyi, who had also experienced sorrow, having been demoted and banished from the Tang-dynasty capital to Xunyang.
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