Fu Baoshi researched the life and art of early Qing painter and calligrapher Shitao (1642–1707).
Themes like gazing at waterfalls and listening to the sound of nature traditionally evoke the literati ideal of man in harmony with nature. However, in post-1949 China, they seemed out of touch with contemporary life and were either painted for private contemplation or associated with the beauty of the new and modern China. Fu Baoshi painted this fan 1962 in Nanjing and dedicated the whole set, to which this leaf belongs, to his wife and eldest daughter, Yishan. The small painting offers an extraordinary breadth of vision and demonstrates the artist’s effortless and free use of the brush.
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