A Hundred Sparrows in a Lofty Grove

A Hundred Sparrows in a Lofty Grove

喬林百雀圖

1368-1644

attributed to Lin Liang 林良

(Chinese, 1416-1480)

Handscroll, ink on silk

Overall: 28.6 x 498.2 cm (11 1/4 x 196 1/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1981.4

Description

Sparrows engaged in all kinds of activities frolic amid leafy branches, blades of grass, rocks, and a waterfall. As our eyes move over the scroll, the artist engages us in enjoying the sparrows’ carefree movements in a natural setting.

The charming birds were painted from close observation in swift and fluent brushstrokes. Sparrows are a common bird and in Chinese painting they often represent the commoner in human society as opposed to the noble pheasant or peacock representative of the ruling class.

See also
Collection: 
ASIAN - Handscroll
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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