Color etching and aquatint
Support: Chine collé on wove paper
Sheet: 92.5 x 72.6 cm (36 7/16 x 28 9/16 in.); Platemark: 71 x 62 cm (27 15/16 x 24 7/16 in.)
Gift of Judith and James A. Saks 2005.257
In traditional paintings by the scholar-painter, the essential private garden often includes fields for growing crops. This archetypal detail signifies the ideal of a rural life of self reliance and finds its root in the poem “Return Home” by Tao Qian (AD 365–427), which depicts withdrawal from officialdom into a free and humble life in the countryside.
Ji Yun-Fei’s contemporary work points to the disappearance of ideals replaced by failed revolutionary ideologies in modern Chinese history. In this painting, the rural setting becomes a stage set for human exploitation of Mother Earth and depletion of natural resources under the Communist propaganda of producing “more, faster, better, and cheaper” during the Great Leap Forward (1958–1961).
The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email email@example.com.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Is something not working on this page? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email email@example.com.