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Typical of many Southern Song landscapes, much of the silk in this album leaf is empty while the painted area is concentrated in one corner. This compositional practice reflects the prevailing philosophical concept derived in part from Chan, or Zen, Buddhism that substance emerges from emptiness. The stylistic emphasis on subtle atmospheric effects reinforces this meditative mood. The artist Yan Ciyu and his more famous older brother Ciping presented examples of their painting to Emperor Xiaozong (reigned 1163-90) soon after he ascended the throne. Both brothers were awarded positions in the imperial painting academy and went on to illustrious careers. The small painting, signed on the rocks at lower right, is the only genuine work by Yan Ciyu known to survive.
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