Spring in Wuling

Ho Fung-lin studied painting under the prominent Lingnan School artist Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998). Her painting style emulates Zhao’s principles of innovation within tradition, and she writes on contemporary Chinese art with particular reference to the Lingnan School. She is expressive in her use of colour as well as ink. By varying the tones of ink she is able to achieve a colourful composition. Her paintings often include her own poetry.

The subject of this painting is the ‘Peach Blossom Spring’, a famous literary episode in which a scholar comes across an idyllic land inhabited by people of China’s distant golden age. This poem is the artist’s own composition and it reads ‘Amid misty spring cloud and pale mountains, the landscape of Wuling fills this world. Countless peach blossoms bloom on both banks, with the help of the fishing boat, I hope to travel it every day.’

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    Ho Fung-Lin studied undet the prominent Lingnan School artist Zhao Shao'ang (1905-1998; see Reyes Catalogue). As well as painting in accordance with Zhao's principles of innovation within tradition, she writes on contemporary Chinese art with particular reference to the Lingnan School. Her paintings often include her own poetry. The subject of the painting is 'Peach Blossom Spring', a famous literary episode in which a scholar comes across an idyllic land inhabited by people of China's distant golden age. This poem is the artist's own composition.

    In: Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000)

Further reading

Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 38 on p. 63, illus. pp. 62-63 fig. 38

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