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Meticulously Painting Our Rivers and Mountains

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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Depicted here is Mount Hua, China’s great Sacred Mountain of the West. Paradoxically, the idea of taking a study tour to understand contemporary life had made Fu more aware of China’s pictorial tradition. Fu related his encounter with this mountain to the art of Wang Lu (1332–after 1383), who created a famous album depicting views of Mount Hua. The challenge to the modern artist, Fu remarked, was how to simultaneously realize tradition and express the present day.

Meticulously Painting Our Rivers and Mountains, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Horizontal scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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