Lot 3687. Master of the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat (B. 1943), Into the Voidtitle panel: signed the Master of the Water Pine and Stone Retreat, titled, dated Spring of 2013, inscribed, and with six seals of the artists in total, ink on cotton paper, handscroll, title panel: 12.5 by 42 cm., 5 by 16 1/2  in. middle panel: 12.5 by 68 cm., 5 by 26 2/3  in. colophon: 12.5 by 44 cm., 5 by 17 1/3  inEstimate 40,000 — 60,000 HKD. Lot sold 62,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.

Artist's inscription:  

Men ask the way through the clouds, the cloud way's dark, without a sign. High summits are of naked rock. In deep valleys sun never shines. Behind you green peaks, and in front, to east the white clouds, and to west - want to know where the cloud way lies? It's there, in the centre of the Void! 

Cold Mountain poetry inscribed by the Master of the Water Pine and Stone Retreat playing games taught to me many years ago by my old friend National Pine and fermenting in my heart ever since.

Sotheby'sContemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07  april 2014