Reading by the Window near a Pine Tree

Feng Zikai Chinese

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Feng Zikai developed an abbreviated, almost cartoonish style of painting in response to calls by intellectuals for a twentieth-century Chinese art that could be understood by common people. Here, he renders a classic theme from Chinese landscape painting—a reading scholar in a mountain pavilion—in his new manner, merging conventions of the past with the needs of his own day. The poem reads:

The leisurely white clouds come and go often.
Don’t mind if I never welcome you in or see you out.

--Translation by Keita Itoh and Lawrence Wu

Reading by the Window near a Pine Tree, Feng Zikai (Chinese, 1898–1975), Framed hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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