Yangzi River Gorge

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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In tones of smoky blue and light sienna, Fu Baoshi presents the precipitous drama of the Yangzi River gorges as a wall of rock engulfing a small triangle of river. Boats diminish in scale as they sail downriver on choppy waves that are rendered in quick, swiping strokes of dilute ink against the white ground. On the sheer fliff faces, hints of trees and rocky textures are suggested by swirls and swipes of ink mixed with broad washes. Fu Baoshi painted this dark, brooding depiction of a majestic Yangzi River Gorge in 1947, after returning from Sichuan to his native Nanjing.

Yangzi River Gorge, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Framed hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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