Man, Buffalo, and Calf

Man, Buffalo, and Calf

1205 or 1265

Li You 李祐

(Chinese, 1200s)

Album leaf; ink and color on silk

Image: 25 x 26.7 cm (9 13/16 x 10 1/2 in.); with mat: 33.3 x 40.5 cm (13 1/8 x 15 15/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1960.41

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Fun Fact

Li You included such tiny details as circular patterns of hair on the buffalo’s hindquarters.

Description

This round fan painting by Li You depicts a rustic theme. His rendering of the scene was bold, exquisite, and detailed. In such a small format, Li took care to portray the warm relationship between cow and calf. In a small space under the tree, he shows an indifferent herder, who turns away from his charges to focus on a small falcon, which obviously was more compelling to him.

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