Listening to the Waterfall

Listening to the Waterfall

聽泉圖

1962

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Fu Baoshi 傅抱石

(Chinese, 1904-1965)

Fan painting mounted as an album leaf, ink and color on paper

Overall: 20 x 54 cm (7 7/8 x 21 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2008.13.4

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

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Themes like gazing at waterfalls and listening to the sound of nature traditionally evoke the literati ideal of man in harmony with nature. However, in post-1949 China, they seemed out of touch with contemporary life and were either painted for private contemplation or associated with the beauty of the new and modern China. Fu Baoshi painted this fan 1962 in Nanjing and dedicated the whole set, to which this leaf belongs, to his wife and eldest daughter, Yishan. The small painting offers an extraordinary breadth of vision and demonstrates the artist’s effortless and free use of the brush.

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