An ink painting of a mountainscape with hills and abstract paths. Trees are depicted in darker shades, though most do not hold any detail. The image is in the lower half of the hanging scroll, and the upper half is covered with text. The image is entirely grey-scale.
The subject is the Taoist or Buddhist recluse, which Shi Tao painted often. Here the artist has signed the painting with his monastic names Yuanji (“Origin of Salvation”) and Xia Zun Zhe (“Honorable Blind One”). The text above the image is an accompaniment written by art historians praising Shitao's work.
A stand of trees beside water foregrounds a central mountain that seems to rise lightly to the left. To the right of the mountain is calligraphic text and two orange seals. A small building is tucked to the right behind the stand of trees. Depth of the mountains is indicated with the use of wash.
Ink painting landscape with mountains, water, trees, and small hut.
Recto by Ti T'ang: Inscription: To Mr. (Chiang) Meng-p'ing. T'ang Ti. One artist's seal follows the inscription: T'ang Ting-chih. Verso by Chuen Li: Calligraphy: a poem. Inscription: To Mr. (Chiang) Meng-p'ing. In the ninth month of autumn in 1918. Li Chuen. (Meng-p'ing hsien-sheng cheng, Wu-wu chiu ch'iu p'ing-ti Li Chuen.) One artist's seal follows the inscription: Chih-sheng.
Among the rolling green mountains, figures in this scroll go about their lives, leading cattle to drink along the riverside and dangling fishing lines over the edge of small boats in hopes of catching something for dinner. Highlights of red pigment add brilliance to a grove of trees near the middle of the scroll. The detail work in the trees is spectacular, with twisted and knotted trunks that seem to refuse to stand upright, but bend against gravity, in some cases revealing networks of tangled roots.
The luminous greens and blues in this handscroll are derived from mineral and azurite pigments, adding to the overall shine and radiance of the work. Blue-and-green landscape technique was typically orchestrated by court painters, and this scroll includes a red oval-shaped seal indicating that it was a part of the collection of Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736-1795).
This series depicts the dramatic scene of warriors being blessed at a waterfall. The waterfall was a favorite setting in kabuki plays and serves as the unifying element among all the prints in this triptych.
30.7 cm x 39.7 cm x 1.7 cm (12 1/16 in. x 15 5/8 in. x 11/16 in.)
A view of a village by the water, with many shops and travellers in the street. On the right foreground there is an arched bridge with figures crossing. A gate that looks like the entrance of a shrine appears by the end of the bridge.