Pensive Scholar

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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A bearded scholar stands in an undefined void with a boy attendant at his side. The scholar looks down, as if lost in reverie. The boy stands at attention, hands covered in his sleeves, waiting for his master’s command. Painted in 1947, in the midst of a decade-long bitter conflict for control of China, this image seems to capture some of the painter’s fatigue with seemingly endless war. The inscription indicates that the painting was made for presentation to a certain Mr. Keping 克平.

Pensive Scholar, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Framed hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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