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A Glance from the Window

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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According to Fu Baoshi’s inscription, this painting of a public square was done “in a room on the fifth floor of the Moscow Hotel in Gottwaldov [present-day Zlìn, Czech Republic].” Noting that “the scene beyond the window is both tranquil and beautiful,” Fu’s image reflects the vast, Soviet-style squares that were just then being created across China. Notable similarities include the imposing statue in the foreground, the juxtaposition of new and old buildings, and the prominence of public transportation on the otherwise uncrowded streets.

A Glance from the Window, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Album leaf, ink and color on paper, China

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