(Chinese, b. 1963)
Color etching and aquatint
Support: Chine collé on wove paper
Sheet: 92.5 x 72.6 cm (36 7/16 x 28 9/16 in.); Platemark: 71 x 62 cm (27 15/16 x 24 7/16 in.)
Gift of Judith and James A. Saks 2005.257
In traditional paintings by the scholar-painter, the essential private garden often includes fields for growing crops. This archetypal detail signifies the ideal of a rural life of self reliance and finds its root in the poem “Return Home” by Tao Qian (AD 365–427), which depicts withdrawal from officialdom into a free and humble life in the countryside.
Ji Yun-Fei’s contemporary work points to the disappearance of ideals replaced by failed revolutionary ideologies in modern Chinese history. In this painting, the rural setting becomes a stage set for human exploitation of Mother Earth and depletion of natural resources under the Communist propaganda of producing “more, faster, better, and cheaper” during the Great Leap Forward (1958–1961).
The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.