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Song of Pond
(1960 – )
51.19 x 59.06 in. (130.02 x 150.02 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Steven C. Rockefeller, Jr.’85 and Kimberly Rockefeller ’85, 2020.
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