Azure Cliff with Red Maples
Wu Bin Chinese
Not on view
A solitary figure with a walking staff stands atop a low cliff contemplating a mountain vista. This scene of human encounter with nature is accompanied by a verse by the celebrated Tang-dynasty poet Du Fu (712–770), inscribed by the painter:
The azure cliff catches the breeze, a lone cloud thin,
Red maples, their backs to the sun, ten thousand trees dense.
—Translation by Stephen Owen