Jul 8, 2022
Jul 8, 2022

Migrations of Memory-Wild Geese Descend on Level Sands IV, no. 1

Migrations of Memory-Wild Geese Descend on Level Sands IV, no. 1

平沙落雁 IV -1


Peng Wei 彭薇

(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 2022.5

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The artist herself is an accomplished player of the qin, the musical instrument depicted beside the seated woman.


As a female contemporary artist, Peng Wei is sensitive to the role of women and enjoys subtly updating Chinese painting. The landscape here features a female figure in nature. Traditionally women were confined to the domestic interior, while the experience of nature was reserved for the male figure.

The artist also breaches conventions by juxtaposing the landscape painting with an unrelated, affectionate letter from European composer, Gustav Mahler, to his wife Alma, presented in her own calligraphy.

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