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Abstract calligraphy of a poem by Su Shi

  • Description

    This calligraphy by the Hong Kong artist Wucius Wong presents the poem Written on the Wall at West Forest Temple, composed by Su Shi (1037-1101) in 1084 when he visited the famous Mount Lu in Jiangxi province:

    橫看成嶺則成峰 遠近高低各不同 不識廬山真面目 祇緣身在此山中

    From the side, a whole range; from the end, a single peak; Far, near, high, low, no two parts alike. Why can’t I tell the true shape of Lu-shan? Because I myself am in the mountain.

    (Translation by Burton Watson)

  • Details

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    Asia China (place of creation)
    Wang Wuxie (born 1936) (calligrapher)
    Su Shi (1037 - 1101) (author)
    Material and technique
    ink and colour on paper
    frame 92.5 x 116.5 x 2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 67.7 x 91.7 cm sight size (height x width)
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    Presented in honour of the 70th birthday of Angelita Trinidad Reyes, 2002.
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