The arrangement of the houses shows the variety of their heights, while the black forms of the windows and roofs constitute a stark contrast with the white walls, together they delineate the spatial depth of the village. The narrow step street on the right side of the canvas extends from the village to the river, compelling viewers’ eyes to focus on the willows in front of the houses. Compare with his sketches, Household on Waters, this artwork emphasizes on the form of the twisting and intertwining branches, the white walls are also expanded to stimulates a harmonizing visual effect with the vibrant colours of the willows. The artist painted the branches of diverse shapes with dark ink. These dynamic strokes break through the flourishing green leaves, and vivid dots of red, purple, blue and green to bring a fresh vitality to this painting. All in all, this work is a testament to the magical ability of Wu Guanzhong to transform mundane scenery to endless possibilities of creation.
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