Cursive Script on a Handscroll, Ink on Paper in a Picture Frame
67 x 138 cm / 26.4 x 54.3 in
$ 18,000 ~ $ 22,000
Tao Yuanming, a famous scholar in the Eastern Jing Dynasty and also a significant figure in the history of literature, is honored as the earliest ancestor of hermit poet and the originator of pastoral poetry. Poems like Drink and The Peach Blossom Spring are significant and well-known pieces. Through combining poetry with wine and making expression through drinking wine, the poet expresses his perspective towards the past and the reality to further present his dissatisfaction towards the reality and his love for the pastoral life. This poem represents the poet’s noble sentiment and his attitude about seclusion.
In 1992, Wang Dongling lived for a while in Zheng Shengtian’s house in Mission, which is a small distant town from Vancouver with fine view of mountains and rivers. That was when Wang wrote this piece and gave it to Zheng as a present. In this art piece, along with the rhythm of the poem, the writer’s unstrained nature of mind is revealed under his free and easy brushstroke. The writing process is like a conversation spanning centuries and is further a tribute to the sage.