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(Chinese, 1616-aft 1694)
Album leaf, ink and color on silk
Image: 12.6 x 17.3 cm (4 15/16 x 6 13/16 in.); Overall: 21 x 22 cm (8 1/4 x 8 11/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1975.22.3
A waterfall descends between two mountains; the series of cascades is hinted by the careful placement of intermittent rocks.
Leaf number 3 evokes Wang Wei's poetic line: Sit and watch the clouds rising. Xu Fang's colophon reads: Green are the reeds, the sun not yet set; Tree foliage and mountain colors divide the lake into two halves. A solitary recluse sits upon a flat bluff, Occasionally observing white clouds rising from the mountain tops.
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