Early Spring is a hanging scroll painting by Guo Xi. Completed in 1072, it is one of the most famous works of Chinese art from the Song dynasty. The work demonstrates his innovative techniques for producing multiple perspectives which he called "the angle of totality."
The poem in the upper right corner was added in 1759 by the Qianlong Emperor. It reads:
|?????||shù cái f? yè x? k?idòng||The trees are just beginning to sprout leaves; the frozen brook begins to melt.|
|?||lóugé xi?nj? zuì shàngcéng||A building is placed on the highest ground, where the immortals reside.|
|?????||bù jiè li? táo jiàn di?nzhuì||There is nothing between the willow and peach trees to clutter up the scene.|
|?????||ch?nsh?n z?o jiàn qì rú zh?ng||Steam-like mist can be seen early in the morning on the springtime mountain.|