Gentle Enticement: Serenity
Gentle Warning: Fairly Large
Here we run right up against two technical
limitations: bandwidth, and screen resolution. Rather than reduce these remarkably vivid
reproductions in size and resolution, we decided to leave them as big as possible.
Yes, it will take a bit of time to download if
you're using a 28k or 56k modem. And yes, many of the the images are too big to fit on
your screen, so you'll have to scroll.
Your patience will be rewarded by depth of
color, retention of detail, and that glorious sense of space which Chinese painters
somehow captured with ink on silk, again and again.
Making a virtue of necessity: One way to look
at these works is to see each one as made up of many smaller paintings, which you in a
sense "create" by the frame of your screen as you scroll about.
1. Tung Yuan (10th century): Mansions in the Mountains of Paradise (264k).
2. Chu-jan (10th century): Storied Mountains and Dense Forests (32k).
3. Shen Chou (1427-1509): Lofty Mount Lu (81k).
4. Kuo Hsi (ca. 1020-1090): Early Spring (166k).
5. Li T'ang (ca. 1070-1150s): Sighing Wind Among Mountain Pines (160k).
6. Hsiao Chao (active 1130-1160): Pavilions on a Mountainside (248k).
7. Ma Lin (active 13th century): Listening Quietly to Sighing Pines (317k).
8. Tung Chi-Chang (1555-1636): Discussing Antiquity by the River (235k).
9. Wang YŁan (active 1299-1366): Meeting Friends in the Pine Pavilion (397k).
10. Tang Yin (1470-1523): Friends by the River (48k).
11. Tang Yin (1470-1523): River, Trees, and a Friend (60k).
12. Tang Yin (1470-1523): Conversation by the River (105k).
13. Tang Yin (1470-1523): Waterfall (49k).
14. Tang Yin (1470-1523): Winter by the Lake (166k).
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