landscape with water at right; tall mountain peak at top--other mountains in ULQ; figure walking on a rugged bridge, LRC; building, LLC; two seated figures overlooking water, above center; small text block in black, URC, with two red seals; large red seal at top center

The Soughing of the Wind in the Pines Echoes the Melody of Spring, 1705

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Shen Zongjing, a scholar-official painter of the early 1700s, often painted mountains and streams in shades of black and gray, a manner favored by other scholar-artists. His works express lofty thoughts using powerful brushstrokes. This type of landscape painting is known as chenghuai weidao, or “purifying one’s mind to savor Dao.” Here, the term “Dao” refers to the essence of the phenomena embodied in nature. Such paintings always portray one or several seated gentlemen gazing into the distant mountains and waterfalls. It is through such communion between humans and nature that an awakening, a purge, a sublime transcendence of mortal bounds is sensed.

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The Soughing of the Wind in the Pines Echoes the Melody of Spring
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2015.66
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landscape with water at right; tall mountain peak at top--other mountains in ULQ; figure walking on a rugged bridge, LRC; building, LLC; two seated figures overlooking water, above center; small text block in black, URC, with two red seals; large red seal at top center