Lu Yanshao Chinese
Not on view
During World War II Lu Yanshao painted in the mountains of Sichuan. In this rare work from the end of the Cultural Revolution he re-created from memory the dramatic scenery that he encountered there as he recounts in his inscription:
The southwest is especially famous for the beauty of its caves and valleys. This is not because it is described as such, because of its "reputation." One day, when I was living in Sichuan in the mountains across a river, I came upon a huge and mysterious cave, with waterfalls gushing forth from the rocks, in the midst of a beautiful and serene setting. Even after more than thirty years I have not forgotten it. I have now painted it to share with those who might enjoy it.
(Wen Fong, trans., Between Two Cultures: Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art [New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001], p. 253)