A Stroll at Dusk

The other side of the East River

I hear the tides of the Sound

Leaves whistling, flowers trembling

and brown stones shimmering at twilight

Everything is quivering,

like struck by a Cupid’s arrow

mellowing out in sweet sorrow

Lights off

and on

Lady Columbia puts on her night gown

in a gossamer of Cabernet Sauvigon

A nightingale sings

through the darkness of the Ravine

intoxicating Broken Land

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.


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