(Chinese, b. 1974)
Album leaf; ink and colors on flax paper
Leaf: 38 x 60 cm (14 15/16 x 23 5/8 in.)
Edward L. Whittemore Fund 2022.4
At a right angle, one can see the glimmer and sparkle of mica on the painting’s surface.
This riverscape in blue-and-green style with a waterfall and fishing boat is directly inspired by the 12th century handscroll painting Cloudy Mountains by Mi Youren in the CMA’s collection (1933.220). The calligraphy, a transcribed personal letter by the Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975), does not connect with the landscape other than that they are united by the hand of the artist.
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