Aug 24, 2004

Returning Peasants in a Spring Evening

Returning Peasants in a Spring Evening

early 1600s

Tao Hong 陶泓

(Chinese, active c. 1610–1640)

China, Ming dynasty


Album leaf, ink and color on silk

Overall: 24.5 x 26.7 cm (9 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Sherman E. Lee 1999.223



Although little known today, Tao Hong was a versatile artist who here depicts farmers returning home after a day in the fields. The shallow stream and dormant rice fields, the returning birds, and light sprinkles of green foliage all indicate the beginning of the farming season and hope for a good harvest. While this leaf depicts rural life, the second one,1999.224, is of a more poetic nature. A lone crane stands in a bamboo grove. By using light colors and nuanced brushwork, Tao Hong achieves an effect of natural light and luminosity.

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