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The Two Purities

Wu Changshuo Chinese

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With slashing stokes of jet-black ink, Wu Changshuo depicted the “two purities”—pine and plum blossom—as expressive, nearly abstract marks set against the faint gray wash of a garden rock. The ability to withstand the cold of winter imbued both pine and plum with a sense of virtue and steadfastness that was frequently celebrated in premodern Chinese poetry and visual art.

The Two Purities, Wu Changshuo (Chinese, 1844–1927), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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