Poem by Du Fu

1983

Aoyama Sanu 青山杉雨

(Japanese, 1912–1993)
Image: 161 x 38.5 cm (63 3/8 x 15 3/16 in.); Mounted: 220 x 52 cm (86 5/8 x 20 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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Aoyama Sanu used a calligraphic form called running script to brush two compositions by Du Fu (712–770) in a mode of classical Chinese poetry that features eight lines of five-character regulated verse. The poem on the right describes the immersive sensation of viewing a vivid mural of the legendary Isle of the Immortals on the wall of a monk’s residence; that on the left concerns the complex mood brought on by spending a rainy night on a boat set for departure, unable to go ashore to say farewell to a friend who has made the journey possible. Du Fu is among the most well-known Chinese poets.
Poem by Du Fu

Poem by Du Fu

1983

Aoyama Sanu

(Japanese, 1912–1993)
Japan, Shōwa period (1926–89)

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