Recluse Gazing at a Waterfall

Zhang Daqian Chinese

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Zhang Daqian’s male figures often suggest a hint of self-portraiture. Here, a white-robed scholar who vaguely resembles a young Zhang Daqian sits atop a rocky promontory gazing wistfully at a waterfall. The artist’s inscription reads:

The stream chills half the tree,
All year long is autumnal.
Chanting, he sits with hunched shoulders like a lonely crane.
A golden pavilion appears in the myriad clouds

Poem by Zhang Laopu, Zhang Daqian Yuan, tenth month of the jichou year [1949].
--Translation after Keita Itoh and Lawrence Wu

Recluse Gazing at a Waterfall, Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899–1983), Framed hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, China

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