Leaf 11: Two Elders Gazing at the Waterfall

Leaf 11: Two Elders Gazing at the Waterfall

二老觀瀑

1960s

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Fu Baoshi 傅抱石

(Chinese, 1904-1965)

Fan painting mounted as an album leaf, ink and color on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 55.4 cm (8 x 21 13/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2008.13.11

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Themes like gazing at waterfalls evoke the literati ideal of man in harmony with nature.

Description

This set of fan paintings offers glimpses into the artist’s private world and differs from the state-commissioned works that fulfilled his social duty. Whether depicting travelers in green mountains or a recluse listening to the sound of rushing water, the artwork and its subject matter are vehicles for self-expression. In his portrait of Du Fu, Fu mentioned his wife’s return from training with the Communist Party. The inscription provides insight into the life experience and public duties of each family in a revolutionary society.

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