Meditation in a Cave

Ren Yu Chinese

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

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Ren Yu was the youngest of the Four Rens, but he nevertheless was able to create his own distinctive style of painting. In this emotionally charged landscape, a monk-like figure sits calmly within the recesses of a jagged overhanging cliff that fills the height of the picture. An opening in the mountain directly over his head may represent the radiance of Buddhist enlightenment.

Meditation in a Cave, Ren Yu (Chinese, 1853–1901), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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