Rustic Scene

Li Huasheng Chinese

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This painting presents an eerily powerful landscape, in which a massive tree atop a tall bluff reaches down to a gable-roofed pavilion with a cascade of aerial roots. The almost surreal sight may not be pure invention, but rather a subjective re-creation of an obscure place the artist saw in his native Sichuan Province. He explains his approach to landscape painting in the inscription:

To the common and nearby places, travelers come in crowds, but few attempt the precarious and remote. The grand, extraordinary, and strange sights of the world, however, are always found in precarious and remote places. I tend to travel where others do not, and to paint what others dismiss as unsuitable for painting. The places I go have only single-plank bridges [for lone travelers].
—trans. after Jerome Silbergeld

Rustic Scene, Li Huasheng (Chinese, 1944–2018), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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