(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
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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