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Landscript 2

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  • Description

    The composition of this painting is at once that of a typical landscape handscroll and of a traditional genre scene. In addition to some familiar landscript character forms: 水 water, 石 rock, 门 door, 窗 window and various types of trees, there are features using forms altered from previous landscripts, for example the gate between the large stones around the duck pen. The appearance of oracle bone script, bronze script and seal script distinguishes this work from Xu Bing’s previous landscripts and marks a new depth in his understanding of the relationship between painting and writing. The characters on the buildings note different purposes, such as fishing, silk production or hunting and so create the impression of a timeless or ancient idyll.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChinaHebei province Beijing (place of creation)
    Date
    2013
    Artist/maker
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink on paper
    Dimensions
    80 x 367 cm (height x width)
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    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Xu Bing's Studio.
    Accession no.
    LI2007.72
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 28 February-19 May 2013, Xu Bing Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing, Shelagh Vainker, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 76 on pp. 138-139, pp. 136, 191, 192, 193, illus. pp. 138-139 fig. 76

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