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Ancient poetry depicted by painters

2014-12-17 09:08:16



Since the Three Hundred Tang Poem was published in the Qing Dynasty, ancient poetry became a required course for every Chinese child. Chinese love ancient poetry, not to speak of the Chinese painters. Many famous Chinese painters depicted famous Chinese poems with a worshipful heart, recreating the classic and widely loved scenes of poems with their painting brushes. Let’s see some classic works here.

The View of Mt. Tianmu, by Li Keran [Photo/]

Mountain Tianmu Ascended in a Dream, is a famous poem written by Li Po, who was a genius poet during the Tang Dynasty. This poem describes the fantastic scenery on Mountain Tianmu, expressing the author’s standpoint against bigwigs.

This painting above, by Li Keran, who was a renowned contemporary Chinese painter, depicts two famous sentences from Mountain Tianmu Ascended in a Dream – ‘天姥连天向天横,势拔五岳掩赤城’, which means, “In a straight line to heaven, its summit enters heaven. Tops the five Holy Peaks, and casts a shadow through China”.

Li Keran died three months after he finished this famous painting. The painting sold for 7,360,000 yuan at the China Guardian 2013 Spring Auctions.

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