(Chinese, b. 1974)
Album leaf; ink and colors on flax paper
Leaf: 38 x 60 cm (14 15/16 x 23 5/8 in.)
Edward L. Whittemore Fund 2022.4
At a right angle, one can see the glimmer and sparkle of mica on the painting’s surface.
This riverscape in blue-and-green style with a waterfall and fishing boat is directly inspired by the 12th-century handscroll painting Cloudy Mountains by Mi Youren in the CMA’s collection CMA 1933.220.
The calligraphy, a transcribed letter by the Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975) about a performance of his Fifteenth Symphony, does not directly connect with the landscape, as an inscription would traditionally. This unexpected juxtaposition of Eastern and Western cultural traditions reflects Peng Wei’s identity as a female contemporary artist and a guqin (zither) player.
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