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Snow: Poetic Thoughts of Mao Zedong

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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Here, Fu rendered a panorama of a snowy landscape in an impressionistic manner. Mountains and rivers are conveyed with swift, scribbling strokes over blank areas of shimmering white—all full of vital energy. Mao Zedong stands on a mountaintop, taking in the vista, as a soldier behind him carries a revolutionary flag—a modern, radical twist on the old pictorial convention of a recluse seeking solace in nature with an attendant who follows him carrying a qin, or zither. This fantastic snowy scene anticipates the famous work Such Is the Beauty of Our Rivers and Mountains, which is based on the same poem.

Snow: Poetic Thoughts of Mao Zedong, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Album leaf; ink and color on paper, China

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