A wonderful reunion at the Met

Such a treat to spend a few hours at the Met in the company of An Ho going through its Masterpieces of Chinese Painting show.  In the tradition of scholar artists, her teacher, Pu Ru, steeped her in calligraphy, philosophy and literature, laying the foundations for her work as a painter.   At 87, An Ho’s eye is as keen as ever and her enthusiasm was undiminished as she encountered one painting after another, admiring the calligraphy in the colophons as much as the brushstrokes in the imagery.

An Ho at Met- Zhao Menglian Narcissus
An Ho looking at Zhao Mongolian’s “Narcissus” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I tried to capture some of this in my WSJ review but, really, words sitting on a page can’t convey the way her spirit trotted from one old friend to the next or the expression in her eyes when she made a new acquaintance.


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