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Song of Pond

塘 曲
Artist: Huang Yue (1960 – ) Primary
Date: 2011
21st Century
Dimensions: 51.19 x 59.06 in. (130.02 x 150.02 cm)
Dimensions Extent: canvas
Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: Asia, China
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Steven C. Rockefeller, Jr.’85 and Kimberly Rockefeller ’85, 2020.
Accession Number: 2020.09.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

In this painting, the body of the reclining Buddha emerges from a rocky surround, which in turn melts into clouds, mist, or water. In contrast to the still-as-stone Buddha, the three birds in mid-flight provide a sense of movement and liveliness. Here, the artist based the figure on the colossal rock-cut relief of the Buddha's parinirvana (the death or final entry into nirvana) at Baoding Mountain in Dazu, Chongqing, dating to the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). You can see an image of this sculpture down below.

This painting was featured in the Fairfield University Art Museum's exhibition ink/stone (January 21-March 5, 2022). To see a virtual recreation of this exhibition, you can access our Matterport tour




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Buddhism
Refers to the philosophy and religion based on the enlightenment and teachings of the Buddha Gautama in the early sixth century BCE in the northeastern region of modern India. Playing dominant roles in the art and culture of Southeast Asia and East Asia, this religion is based on the transcendence of human suffering and pain through the acceptance of the limitations of individuality, the surrender of worldly desires and cravings that cause disappointment and sorrow, and the deliverance from the impermanence of living and individual ego based on wealth, social position, or family through the process of enlightenment (nirvana). The religion also centers around 'anatman', or no-self, the idea that the self is in a state of action or a series of changing manifestations rather than in a state of fixed, metaphysical substance. The structure of the religion is based on the Triratna ("Three Jewels" of Buddha), a tripartite schematic for living based on three elements: Buddha (the teacher), dharma (the teaching), and sangha (community).
buddhas
In Buddhism, teachers regarded as having attained full awakening or enlightenment; beings who have achieved complete, perfect comprehension of ultimate reality, thus exiting the cycle of samsara.
paintings
Unique works in which images are formed primarily by the direct application of pigments suspended in oil, water, egg yolk, molten wax, or other liquid, arranged in masses of color, onto a generally two-dimensional surface.
religions
Belief systems that encompass various personal and institutional relationships between human beings and what they regard as holy, sacred, or divine, usually but not always a deity, or a spiritual or occult force. Participation in a religion is typically manifested in obedience, reverence, and worship, often including group activities and alliance with a leader. Elements of a religion or similar belief system include doctrine, ritual, defined parameters of morality, and a code of living, often seen as a means of achieving spiritual or material improvement.

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