Wang Wei

701-761, Tang Dynasty

 

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A Parting

 

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Miscellaneous Verse

Translations and artwork: Lena Tan, 2003

Born into an established family, Wang Wei enjoyed a position in high society, serving successfully in government. He was well-schooled in poetry, calligraphy, music and painting, and was sophisticated and innovative in his art. He became a devout Buddhist and wrote meditative poems of great simplicity and understatement. Yet his work reflected an ongoing discord between his sense of public responsibility and a private desire for renunciation.

These images are available as 6″ x 4″ prints or mounted on greeting cards.

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