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In this painting, the profusion of trees, the hanging rocks, and the mighty, ever-rising peaks, all testify to Wang's ingenuity in layout. The dominating colour is ochre and the brushstrokes are fine, dense and meticulous, displaying the "dry brush" technique of the Yuan period. The inscription says that this painting was done after the style of Huang Gongwang, as seen in the "hemp-fibre" texturing strokes, the flat cliff forms, and the horizontal dots depicting small trees. The mountain range continues in one sweep and is structured like a dragon's veins, giving it a sense of rhythmic movement as well as guiding the sightline of the viewer - one of the very characteristics of the style of that time.

Details

  • Title: Landscape after the style of Huang Gongwang
  • Date Created: 1703
  • Theme: Landscape
  • School: Loudong School
  • Physical Dimensions: w45.6 x h100.2 cm
  • Officer of the Ministry of Revenue: Wang Yuanqi
  • History of Donation: The Xubaizhai Gallery of Chinese Art was established in 1992, specifically for exhibiting the collection that donated to the Hong Kong Museum of Art by the famous connoisseur and collector of Chinese calligraphy and paintings, Mr Low Chuck Tiew (Liu Zuochou) in 1989.
  • Artist's Biography: Wang Yuanqi was from Taicang, Jiangsu province. He followed the common road to officialdom through public examinations. His grandfather was Wang Shimin (1592 - 1680), from whom - as well as from Wang Jian (1598 - 1677) - he learned to paint at an early age, focusing on copying the works found in his own family collection which ranged from Dong Yuan (? - ca. 962) and Juran (active in late 10th century) to Ni Zan (1301 - 1374) and Huang Gongwang (1269 - 1354). He was particularly adept in copying the style of Huang Gongwang, using a dry brush technique to pile on layers and layers of ink, thus giving his work an antiquated feel. He was even more taken to the ancient naive form of painting in his old age. As the forerunner of the Loudong stylistic school, he inspired many followers.
  • Type: Ink and colour on paper

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