Scholar Reclining and Watching Rising Clouds; Poem by Wang Wei

坐看雲起圖; 王維詩

c. 1256

Ma Lin 馬麟

(Chinese, c. 1185–after 1260)
Image: 25.1 x 25.3 cm (9 7/8 x 9 15/16 in.); with mat: 33.3 x 40.5 cm (13 1/8 x 15 15/16 in.)
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Ma Lin was the son of Ma Yuan, the artist renowned for his unique composition and often referred to as "One-corner Ma."

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Poem and painting, once mounted together as one fan, exemplify the collaboration between imperial patron and court painter. Emperor Lizong’s calligraphy cites a verse from Wang Wei’s (701–761) poem, Walking to where the water ends, I sit and watch when clouds arise.

Ma Lin’s response is this painting. At the water’s edge, a scholar reclines by a large rock. The view leads across the empty middle ground to a distant mountain. With sparse ink and subtly graded washes, Ma Lin visualizes the poetic verse. The painting suggests the impact of Chan aesthetics through interaction between the palace, literati-officials, and monasteries around Hangzhou.
Scholar Reclining and Watching Rising Clouds; Poem by Wang Wei

Scholar Reclining and Watching Rising Clouds; Poem by Wang Wei

c. 1256

Ma Lin

(Chinese, c. 1185–after 1260)
China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

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