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Leaf 2:  Listening to the Waterfall

Leaf 2: Listening to the Waterfall

(Chinese, 1904–1965)
Overall: 20 x 54.5 cm (7 7/8 x 21 7/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Themes like listening to the sound of nature evoke the literati ideal of man in harmony with the environment.


This set of fan paintings expresses the artist’s personal life and differs from the state-commissioned works Fu painted to fulfill his social duty. Here, several of the paintings have dedicatory inscriptions to Fu’s wife, Luo Shihui, and his eldest daughter, Yishan. Not only do these inscriptions offer glimpses into the artist’s private life, they also reveal acutely felt emotions, especially the struggle of a loving father deeply troubled by a daughter’s illness.
  • 1962-?
    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 2: Listening to the Waterfall|url=false|author=Fu Baoshi|year=1962|access-date=26 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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