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Goddess Crossing the Xiang River

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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Fu’s original conception of the goddess of the Xiang River was based on two poetic lines from the Nine Songs:

Gently the wind of autumn whispers;
On the waves of the Dongting Lake the leaves are falling.

As his style became increasingly forceful and vigorous in the 1960s, Fu introduced a new sense of monumentality to this theme, exploring the creative tension between the all-powerful forces of nature and delicate human emotion.

Goddess Crossing the Xiang River, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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