Fisherman's Lodge at Mount Xisai

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Fisherman's Lodge at Mount Xisai
ink and color on silk
overall with mounting: 41.6 cm (height) x 846.6 cm (width)
In this imaginary depiction of his retirement retreat the scholar-official Li Jie presents an image of his future home in a self-consciously primitive manner. The archaic, maplike image—composed of frontal, schematically rendered mountains and trees, an archaic "blue-and-green" color scheme, an uptilted ground plane, and sticklike architecture—directly recalls an early paradigm of the scholarly retreat: the Wangchuan Villa of the Tang poet-painter Wang Wei (699–759).
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Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
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Description Source: 
Metropolitan Museum of Art;
Scrolls Project ID: 
7 168 809