The green mountains in this fan painting appear truly vertical and solid. The clouds, too, in spite of their rounded edges appear to be frozen in space. A pine tree bends over the side of the cliff, with its foliage over a traveler in white crossing a bridge below.
Mountains in Chinese culture have long been recognized as majestic, where deities, spirits and immortals could reside. The blue and green mountains in this scroll evoke Tang period (618-907 CE) painting style, as well as the famous twelfth century painter Zhao Boju. Zhao Boju was famous for his exquisite paintings making use of malachite green and azurite blue mineral pigments, and this work is signed with his alternate name Qianli Boju. The signature was probably added by someone who wanted to sell the painting for a higher price than could be fetched by an anonymous work.
Rooted into the mountainside a “greeting-guest pine” bends over the traveler, welcoming the traveler the pavilion above.
Colored pring of a small body of water, surrounded by houses and small mountains. A gray wall is in the background. Text in upper left corner.
Depiction of the famous Peach Leaf ferry crossing in modern-day Nanjing. A fortification wall can be seen in the distance. The ferry passengers seem to travel across the river, away from the empty restaurants, teahouses, and theaters that used to be filled with people but now sit quietly.