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Leaf 11:  Two Elders Gazing at the Waterfall

Leaf 11: Two Elders Gazing at the Waterfall

(Chinese, 1904–1965)
Overall: 20.3 x 55.4 cm (8 x 21 13/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Themes like gazing at waterfalls evoke the literati ideal of man in harmony with nature.


This set of fan paintings offers glimpses into the artist’s private world and differs from the state-commissioned works that fulfilled his social duty. Whether depicting travelers in green mountains or a recluse listening to the sound of rushing water, the artwork and its subject matter are vehicles for self-expression. In his portrait of Du Fu, Fu mentioned his wife’s return from training with the Communist Party. The inscription provides insight into the life experience and public duties of each family in a revolutionary society.
  • 1960s-?
    Fu Baoshi's family collection, Nanjing, China
    (Han Mo Xuan Co., Ltd., Hong Kong, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Chung, Anita, Julia Frances Andrews, Kuiyi Shen, Tamaki Maeda, and Aida Yuen Wong. Chinese art in an age of revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2011. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 61, pp. 184-196
  • The Art of Fu Baoshi (1904 - 1965). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 16, 2011-January 8, 2012); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (co-organizer) (January 30-April 29, 2012).
  • {{cite web|title=Leaf 11: Two Elders Gazing at the Waterfall|url=false|author=Fu Baoshi|year=1960s|access-date=04 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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