Monday 19 May 2008

Rainy day at the British Museum

The lines and colours of the centuries-old Chinese paintings of trees, flowers, birds and insects remain pure, delicate and strong, their appeal all the greater, more subtle, perhaps, through the gentle fog of great age.
Outside, I find the same muted palate, the Chinese garden just as fogged and subtle in Saturday's light but relentless rain.

through the veil of rain
and the mist of centuries
the same leafy shapes

Fascination with Nature and China Landscape at the British Museum. An exquisite 14th century painted silk scroll by Xie Chufang, the title of which is sometimes translated as 'Fascination of Nature' inspired the exhibition: photos and information here, and an interesting article.