Fighting Tigers with Dragon in the sky - Art by River Han
Dragon ruling the sky while Tigers fight over leadership on land, Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy by River Han printed on Giclée Hahnemühle Bamboo.
The calligraphy for the title was written in special Li Shu (隸書) style, popular in Han dynasty.
The poem is an excerpt from a famous poem written by Li Bai (李白) in Tang dynasty. “Jinling song farewell to Fan Xuan” was a famous poem, included in the 42nd/166th volume of “Full Tang Poetry”. It mentioned a dragon and tiger in its passage. Calligraphy was written in semi-cursive script style (行書).
I am including the typed Chinese characters in the calligraphy for reference.
Below is my translation:
Rocky cliff shaped like tiger squat, riding waves intended to cross the mighty river.
Zhongshan Mountain shaped like the dragon movement, beautiful scenes horizontally divided earth and heaven.
Forty emperors and three hundred autumns, fame and deeds eventually gone with the wind.
Here comes the warrior sitting on white horse with golden saddle, blowing dragon breath and tiger roar heading toward the palace.
This painting was created in autumn of 2010
by River Han
while residing in northern California