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Ma Yuan, a fourth-generation member of a family of painters, was a leading artist at the Southern Song painting academy in Hangzhou. A city of unsurpassed beauty, Hangzhou was graced with pavilions, gardens, and scenic vistas. In this album leaf , which shows a gentleman in a gardenlike setting, the jagged rhythms of the pine tree and garden contrast with the quiet mood of the scholar, who gazes pensively into the bubbling rapids of the cascade.
Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
China active ca. 1190?1225
Scholar by a Waterfall
Southern Song dynasty (1127?1279), late 12th?early 13th century
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Album leaf: ink and color on silk
9 7/8 x 10 1/4 in. (25.1 x 26 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973
Signed: "Servitor, Ma Yuan"
Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
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