Art around the house: Part III ~ Chinese scroll

My parents got this scroll for me at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan when they lived in Taiwan between 1983 and 1985. I hung it in my dorm room, but then it was lost after college. A box I sent by train from Indiana to Pennsylvania was lost. It had all my winter coats in it and, I assumed, this scroll. Many years later it turned up. I had replaced it, but was never as happy with the replacement. I have always loved it with it’s steep, high mountains and tiny people in little boats ~ the big and the small together. The moutains in China, including Taiwan, really look like this. I always figured that this mountain style was artistic and figurative, not realistic. Wrong!

2 Responses

  1. Super cool! That’s crazy how it just turned up after all that time. Glad it did!

  2. I’m so glad it wasn’t lost. You know that is what I always figured about both Chinese and Japanese art — that the nature depicted was figurative. When I saw footage of Japan during the Olympics in Nagano, I couldn’t believe that it looks exactly like the art I had seen.

    Beautiful — and of course, I’m a sucker for anything red.

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