ATTRIBUTED TO WEN ZHENGMING | ODE TO THE RED CLIFF IN RUNNING SCRIPT
- Attributed to Wen Zhengming
- ODE TO THE RED CLIFF IN RUNNING SCRIPT
- ink on silk, handscroll
- 26 by 150 cm. 10 1/4 by 59 in.
The year Kwei Mao in the reign of Chia Ching is 1543 A.D., when Wen was 74 years old. Though the style is close to that of the Wag father and son, yet as abundant vitality is found in the word structure and movement, it is replete of unique charm like the moving of clouds and flowing water with a natural movement; the moving spirit is continuous with alternate quick and slow movements; form and arrangement especially show his artistry. It is what Sun Kuo Ting of Tang dynasty called 'at the time of inspiration, both man and writing are ripe and mellow.' This piece has bone and flesh in appropriate proportion and lively spirit; it is undoubtedly the satisfying piece of done in the last years of Wen's life."