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Myriad Bamboo in Mist and Rain

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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In this evocative landscape of brimming streams and dense bamboo, the animated texturing of the distant mountains captures the impression of coarse-surfaced rocks seen through rain. Fu made liberal use of varied ink washes and energetic brushstrokes to describe dagger-like bamboo leaves blowing in the shifting light and the agitated atmosphere of a summer storm.

Tucked to the side of this turbulent scene, three scholars have found shelter in a rustic cottage. The tall black hat worn by the leftmost figure identifies him as Su Shi (1036–1101), a native of Sichuan beloved for his poetry, art, and devotion to civil service. One of Su’s close friends was Wen Tong (1019–1079), a renowned bamboo painter, whose presence is implied by the encircling bamboo forest.

Myriad Bamboo in Mist and Rain, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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