figure walking with a staff in LLC; another figure inside a building surrounded by trees with changing leaves, below center; three flying birds with long tail feathers, LLQ; misty rugged mountain peak at top; muted fall colors

Visiting a Recluse in Autumn Mountains, 18th century

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Underneath the shadows of cloud-encircled mountains, a hermit lives a solitary life amid the trees. This theme has a longstanding tradition in Chinese painting, reflecting the ideal of many educated people to retire into nature for self-cultivation and study. Some retired for religious, particularly Daoist, ideals. Others retreated in disgust from the ups and downs of professional life. At the bottom left-hand corner, a fellow recluse makes his way up the winding road to visit his friend, an artistic device that offers us entry into the world of the painting.

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Title
Visiting a Recluse in Autumn Mountains
Artist Life
1686 - c. 1756
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.12
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figure walking with a staff in LLC; another figure inside a building surrounded by trees with changing leaves, below center; three flying birds with long tail feathers, LLQ; misty rugged mountain peak at top; muted fall colors