Sunday, January 31, 2010

Scholar by a Waterfall

Ma Yuan (Chinese, active ca. 1190–1225)
Scholar by a Waterfall
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), late 12th–early 13th century
Album leaf: ink and color on silk

9 7/8 x 10 1/4 in. (25.1 x 26 cm)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ma Yuan "was a master of “one-corner” painting, in which visual interest is focused in a corner of the work." ( Very much a master, the corner focus is what drew me to this work. I think it creates a greater intimacy in the work, a small delicate world that the viewer can enter.

I have to admit to my complete lack of knowledge in Chinese painting as from what I can gather with a little research, Ma Yuan is one of the most famous and popular Chinese traditional painter known to the western world. Landscape painting in Chinese art.

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