sketchy, dry-brush-style; two figures on a small bridge in LLC; bare trees; rocky landscape; still, grey water; two figures in a small hut near R edge, below inscription

Mountain Retreat, c. 1730s

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Cheng Ming was born in Shexian in Anhui province and lived and worked near Yangzhou. He was a noted poet and a student of the great individualist artist Shitao. He was also influenced by the important Anhui master Cheng Sui to whom he was possibly related. The painting depicts a literati recluse visiting a scholarly friend in his wintry mountain retreat. The spiky calligraphic brushwork of the rocks is counterbalanced by Cheng's own poem, which reads

Willow catkins, reed embroidery, wind through the entire night.
But still, there is the plank bridge for crossing the flowery stream.
That man lives here, in evening blue-green, in midst of chilly fragrance.
As spring comes to a thousand cliffs and a myriad ravines.
Cheng Ming, Songmen composed this (in addition to the painting) as well.

Details
Title
Mountain Retreat
Artist Life
18th century
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2007.6.1
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sketchy, dry-brush-style; two figures on a small bridge in LLC; bare trees; rocky landscape; still, grey water; two figures in a small hut near R edge, below inscription