Image: 50 3/4 x 27 1/16 in. (128.9 x 68.7 cm)
Overall with mounting: 8 ft. 8 1/8 in. x 33 3/4 in. (264.5 x 85.7 cm)
Overall with knobs: 8 ft. 8 1/8 in. x 37 in. (264.5 x 94 cm)
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Not on view
Tang Di was one of the first southern scholar-artists to revive the Northern Song landscape traditions of the tenth and eleventh centuries, and this composition is typical of the many large-scale works he produced in emulation of northern prototypes. While Northern Song masters were inclined to depict the dynamic forces of nature through richly descriptive pictorial techniques, Tang reinterpreted the style using more calligraphic conventions. Here, he uses the gnarled trees and desolate lowlands of eleventh-century masters to "illustrate" a couplet by Wang Wei (699–759):
I walk to where the water ends And sit and watch as clouds arise.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in standard script)
In the spring, the third month of the third year of the Zhizhi reign era , Tang Di, Zihua, of Wuxing [in Zhejiang] painted this picture after a poem by Mojie [Wang Wei, 699–759 or 701–761].
Tang Di 唐棣 Tang shi Zihua 唐氏子華
Chen Changji 陳長吉 (active late 19th c.) Shiyi micang 石逸祕藏 Chen Changji zi Shiyi yin 陳長吉字石逸印 Yi Lu 逸廬
Zhang Heng 張珩 (1915–1963) Yunhui Zhai yin 韞輝齋印 Zhan de yu ji yiran zizu 蹔得於己怡然自足 Zhang Heng siyin 張珩私印 Wuxing Zhang shi tushu zhi ji 吳興張氏圖書之記 Xinshang 心賞
Tan Jing 譚敬 (1911–1991) Tan Jing yin 譚敬印 Tan shi Ou Zhai shuhua zhi zhang 譚氏區齋書畫之章 Ou Zhai zhencang 區齋珍藏