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Poem by Wang Wei in the Cursive Script Style (xingshu)

Poem by Wang Wei in the Cursive Script Style (xingshu)


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Song Lizong 宋理宗

(Chinese, 1205–1264)


Zhang Daqian 張大千

(Chinese, 1899–1983)

Album leaf; ink on silk

Image: 25.1 x 25.3 cm (9 7/8 x 9 15/16 in.); with mat: 33.3 x 40.5 cm (13 1/8 x 15 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1961.421.2



Emperor Lizong of the Song dynasty reigned for 40 years, but had little interest in governmental affairs. Instead he was perhaps the finest calligrapher among the Song emperors. His handwriting is distinguished by angular strokes and well-spaced characters. The two lines composed by Tang poet Wang Wei (701–about 761), reads from right to left: “I walk unto where waters end—And sit down to watch when clouds arise.”

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ASIAN - Album leaf
Chinese Art
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