Solitary traveler in the mountains

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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Themes and images of reclusion have continued to be powerful tools for modern and contemporary artists, especially in times of trouble. Fu Baoshi made this painting amid the turmoil of the midcentury wars, when he fled his native Nanjing for the relative safety of inland Sichuan Province. At bottom right, a solitary figure with a staff strides boldly into the mountains, leaving behind the cares of the world for the quietude and protection of nature.

Solitary traveler in the mountains, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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