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Playing the Ch'in in the Mountains: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This small painting is in visual agreement with its narrative poem. A single figure has ascended to a promontory rising above a mountain temple overlooking a vast landscape. The inscription reads:

On the single path winding back and forth

I ascend the blue-green peak,

While my kin sits among clouds and birds

in the shade of pines;

Regarding each other without wearying

I arrive to sit at a distance,

For with green lotus alone

how can my music be appreciated?

Mei Ch'ung

Most likely based on some specific place in the famed Huang-shan or Yellow Mountains of Anhui province, Mei Ch'ung has drawn his inspiration directly from the awesome wonders of his natural environment rather than art historical lineage.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009