Gazing at a Waterfall

Tang Yin Chinese

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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The scholar in this fan painting, apparently lost in the pleasures of watching a waterfall in the comfort of a thatched pavilion built expressly for this purpose, must represent the dream of every Chinese scholar-artist. A superb calligrapher, Tang Yin is able to impart extraordinary expressiveness to his rock and tree forms, which are done in the Southern Song ink-wash idiom, normally considered the style of the "professional" painters of his time.

Gazing at a Waterfall, Tang Yin (Chinese, 1470–1524), Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on gold-flecked paper, China

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