Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Overall with mounting: 16 3/8 x 14 11/16 in. (41.6 x 37.3 cm)
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Not on view
In this small landscape, groves of straight trees stand in snow. A pale, thin river threads its way to the horizon. This painting and others of austere wintry scenes may reflect the traditional Chinese belief that the natural world responds to human affairs. The twelfth-century historian Liu Zheng commented.
The feelings of mountains and streams, grasses and trees, are not far from those of humans, and it is wrong to think of them as non sentient. That a stream should dry up in times of disorder is an ordinary, natural reaction.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal