The volume of “Little Snow in Fishing Village” exhibited in ” 千古风流人物 -Special Exhibition of Su Shi’s Theme Paintings and Calligraphy in the Palace Museum” is a masterpiece of Wang Xu. This painting depicts the scenery after the first snowfall on the shore of the mountain and water, and scenes such as fishermen’s work and literati’s appreciation are rarely arranged in the same frame. Wang Xu expressed his feelings of seclusion in the mountains and forests with his fine and natural portrayal and clear and smooth pens and inks, which fully echoed Su Shi’s emphasis on the creation theme of literati painting “getting out of the image”. Go to the famous paintings of the Forbidden City with one click, and immediately take a closer look at this treasure…

“Snow in a Fishing Village” volume, Northern Song Dynasty, by Wang Xu, silk, ink and colour, length 44.5cm, width 219.5cm.

Describes the scenery of the fishing village and forest at the beginning of the winter snow. In the picture, there are strange pines on the snow-capped mountains, fishing boats on the banks of the river, the peaks turn, the scene is easy to move, the whole picture is depressed, shrouded in an ethereal and quiet atmosphere, although there are fishermen working hard, but it reflects the literati and Yishi Longing for the elegant feelings of a reclusive life in the mountains and forests. This picture is the work of Wang Xu’s master Li Chenger and his own family. In the picture, the outline of the mountains and stones is purely with a short side-forward pen, and the edge contour adopts the “broken ink method”. After the outline, it is turned inward with clear water, and the ink is light. Hanlin Changsong uses the center’s thick ink to highlight his noble character. In order to express the snow, in addition to leaving the mountains blank, the author also applied white powder to the peaks, tree branches, and sandy feet. In order to express the sunshine after the snow, the author also slightly dyed the tree head and the tip of the reed with gold dust, and absorbed the painting method of the golden and green landscapes since the Tang Dynasty in the ink and wash, which is a creative practice. This work fully embodies the creative theme of literati painting in the Northern Song Dynasty, which emphasized “there is a picture in a poem, and there is a poem in a picture”. The skillful technique of writing “the difficult scene of poet Mo Qing” is exactly the same as “poem and painting” Model work….

In this year’s 2020, the second decade from the turn of the century in Beijing the Capital of China also the People’s Republic of China, in which is also the year of the rat, marking its six hundred years anniversary of the Forbidden city that marks the transitional point of in between the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644) transitionally from Nanjing to Beijing towards the Qing Dynasty (1636-1644-1911) …. The Imperial Palace seen so many countless seasonally transitional equinoxes but further its six hundred years is iconic, but it’s five hundred ninety nine years it marks it Autumn Equinox…. In which it only took twelve years to build the same of the Daming Palace of The Tang Dynasty Xian Imperial Capital only it was least twenty times larger……

From September 1st to October 30th 2020, 千古风流人物#-A special exhibition of paintings and calligraphy on the theme of Su Shi from the Palace Museum is on display in Wenhua Hall. ……This time the Palace Museum held an exhibition with cultural relics as a carrier to show Su Shi’s artistic attainments and personality style. This is the first time that Su Shi is a well-known writer and artist in ancient my country. Because of its elegant life taste and open-minded attitude towards life, it exudes a unique personality charm. His art, thoughts and even the taste of life have had a profound impact on later generations, and he himself has become a highly admired model of literati.

Su Shi 蘇軾 / 苏轼;8 January 1037 – 24 August 1101), courtesy name Zizhan (子瞻), art name Dongpo 東坡was a Chinese calligrapher, gastronome, painter, pharmacologist, poet, politician, and writer of the Song dynasty. A major personality of the Song era, Su was an important figure in Song Dynasty politics, aligning himself with Sima Guang and others, against the New Policy party led by Wang Anshi.

Su Shi is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished figures in classical Chinese literature, having produced some of the most well-known poems, lyrics, prose, and essays. Su Shi was famed as an essayist, and his prose writings lucidly contribute to the understanding of topics such as 11th-century Chinese travel literature or detailed information on the contemporary Chinese iron industry. His poetry has a long history of popularity and influence in China, Japan, and other areas in the near vicinity……




Imagines credit are of the Forbidden city –Imperial Palace –Beijing – China- People’s Republic of China

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