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Poet strolling by a marshy bank – ink on silk – and pretty much how I see the world

A very delicate painting I discovered and pretty much how I see the world except for me it is a clear lake, there are plants and living things in it and various wonders at various depths.

Happy Thursday and Happy Memorial Day!

Poet strolling by a marshy bank. Artist:Liang Kai, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), ink on silk

Imagine this very delicate piece, a kinda of a gentle sack almost – has outlived all the rulers of the world and all of their castles. People from all walks of life stroll by it and observe it and this simple act gives people joy and power on the inside. One of the themes I often emphasize is that ideal objects, like paintings, poetry, great books, have the power to transform our rational and predictable world. It is an illusion that positions of power and objects of power have power, it is ideal objects, delicate things of delicate stature and subtle meanings that carry the longest and greatest punches to the mind.

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http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/40090

 

 

南宋 梁楷 澤畔行吟圖 團扇
Poet strolling by a marshy bank

Artist:
Liang Kai (Chinese, active early 13th century)
Period:
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Date:
early 13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 9 x 9 9/16 in. (22.9 x 24.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 213
Liang Kai served as a painter-in-attendance at the Song Imperial Painting Academy in Hangzhou from about 1201 to 1204; he relinquished that prestigious position to live and paint at a Chan (Zen in Japanese) Buddhist temple. Like his best-known paintings, preserved mostly in Japanese collections, this small landscape conveys a spiritual intensity. Under the great cliff, in the stillness of the landscape, a solitary figure meditates on the illusory world before him.
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Free Art Books From the Guggenheim and others

 

Guggenheim collection online:

https://archive.org/details/guggenheimmuseum

The Guggenheim has one of the largest collections of Kandinsky’s works in the world:

https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/kandinsky-3

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has hundreds of books available online:

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online

The Getty’s virtual library:

http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/index.html

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