Early Spring by Guo Xi
Early Spring is a painting done with light colors ink on silk scroll of tea color, signed and dated in 1072 by Guo Xi, active painter in the Song period. The scene includes the early spring in a mountainous region. Next to the landscape are small spaces that provide narrative action to the whole, as some fishermen unloading their catch from a boat on the river bank in the lower corner of the painting, or about temples located near the waterfalls in central side right of the painting.
This work reflects the artist masterfully in secure strokes and loose brush, getting a great balance between line and color, with a preference for curved stroke. It has a poem in the upper right corner, which was added in 1759 by Emperor Qianlong. Guo Xi was a landscape painter native of Henan Province. It was the greatest exponent of the Northern Song painting, in which the pictorial genre reached the same cultural status as poetry.
With the Song, contemplative school of Zen philosophy that mixes Buddhist and Taoist ideas, was introduced into China. In the Song Dynasty, from 960 to
1279, a level of high culture was reached. Landscape
painting continued with two styles: the northern, precise drawing and vivid
colors, and the southern, fast strokes with light colors and diluted.
China is the main cultural center of East Asia, centered in the basins of the Hoang-ho and Yang-tse-kiang rivers. Chinese art has been more uniform than the Western evolution. Chinese equally valued calligraphy, ceramics, silk and porcelain with architecture, painting and sculpture.
In conclusión, this painting is one of the masterpieces of the Chinese painting. The tecnic, the composition, and the meaning of the artwork is very interesting and new for the Western people.
It is located in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, in China.