Autumn Mountains

He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


“If there were no sacred mountains, then nothing need be said, but since they are there, they must be visited.”

— Zhang Zhao (1691-1745)


“My master said to me, ‘Hike ten thousand mountains: Seek out strange peaks & make sketches of them’ “

— Shitao (1642-1707)     


“In the Dao of painting,

spring mountains are admired,

but one can empathize even more

with autumn mountains…”

— Shao Bao (1460-1527),

poetic colophon inscribed on scroll painting,

Wandering and Sketching in Autumn Mountains,

by Wen Zhenming (1470-1559)


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