Regarding [the officials] Gao [Tao] and Kui versus [the hermits] Chao [Fu] and Xu [You], Serving and withdrawing are essentially the same. While heaven’s bounty does indeed exist within the mountains, Each man has to follow his own will. The energy between heaven and earth circulates through the caves and valleys. Laughing to myself [I think], “Why don’t I use this old brush to penetrate them and show people!”

清 戴本孝 山水圖 冊 紙本

Artist: Dai Benxiao (Chinese, 1621–1693)
Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Culture: China
Medium: Album of twelve leaves; ink on paper
Dimensions: Each: 8 7/16 × 6 9/16 in. (21.4 × 16.7 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1989
Accession Number: 1989.142a–l

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