Figure walking around Mount Huang

Lu Yanshao painted within the classical tradition, and his own style is noted for the diagonal sense of movement, also evident in this work.

The inscription reads: ‘Fifty years ago I came to Mount Huang to climb the Shixin [literally ‘Begin-to-Believe’] Peak. At the Duxian [literally ‘Passing Immortals’] Bridge, there used to be a “helping” pine tree whose old trunk you could hold to cross the bridge, but has now been replaced by balustrades. After crossing the bridge, the lanes are winding through cracking rocks. The setting of nature makes me begin to believe the magnificent scenes of Mount Huang are the best among all. This is where the name “Begin-to-Believe” comes from.’

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    The inscription discusses Mount Huang in Anhui province, the sacred mountain Lu Yanshao first visited as a young man and which is depicted in many of his landscapes. Lu Yanshao painted within the classical tradition and his own style is noted for the diagonal sense of movement evident in this work.

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