Re-View——Opening Exhibition part of Ancient•Contemporary
Ke Jiusi wasalso known by his courtesy name Jingzhong and literary name Danqiu, Danqiusheng, and Wuyungeli. His works follow Ouyang Xun’s style and are powerful, steady, and elegant. He was particularly good at painting ink-coloured bamboos and imitated the works of Wen Tong. His brushwork is vigorous and graceful. The artist rendered his bamboo culms robust and round, and the branches and leaves in cursive script. He also did landscape paintings from time to time.
Dong Qichang His courtesy name was Xuanzai and his literary names were Sibai and Xiangguangjushi.Dong was a master of calligraphy and painting. For calligraphy, he started by imitating Yan Zhenqing’s style, then Yu Shinan’s and later Zhong You’s and Wang Xizhi’s. He also drew on the brushwork of Li Yong, Xu Hao, and Yang Ningshi. His calligraphy is to present a beautiful scene via straightforwardness and honesty, according to the calligrapher himself. Dong’s landscape painting, imitating Dong Yuan, Ju Ran, Huang Gongwang, and Ni Zan, emphasizes details and a balanced use of ink. His style features freshness, brightness, and gracefulness. Regarding painting theories, he promoted the theory of “Southern School vs. Northern School” and favored the “Southern School” as the legitimate source which “literati painting” originated from.
Xing Tong His courtesy name was Ziyuan, literary name Zhiwu. He was a calligrapher and drew on the works by Wang Xizhi. He also painted orchids, bamboos, animal nests and stones. He was acknowledged as one of the “Four Great Calligraphers of the Late Ming Dynasty” along with Dong Qichang, Mi Wanzhong and Zhang Ruitu.
Wang Duo,His courtesy names were Juesi and Juezhi, and his literary names included Songqiao, Shiqiao, Chian, and Xueshan.As a calligrapher, he specialized in running and cursive script, and was greatly inspired by Yan Zhenqing and Mi Fu. His works are full of power and strength, featuring an artistic arrangement of empty spaces (bubai). He was also good at painting mountains, water, orchids, and bamboos.
Zhu Yunming (1460–1526) was also known by his courtesy name Xizhe and literary name Zhishan. Zhu was good at writing poems and proses. He was a well-known calligrapher, one of the “Four Talents in Wuzhong,” with the other three being Xu Zhenqing, Tang Yin, Wen Zhengming. He was also renowned as one of the “Three Outstanding Calligraphers in the mid-Ming Dynasty”.
Director: Wang Wei
Curator: Wang Huangsheng, Cao Qinghui, Guo Xiaoyan
All the Editors and Executive Teams of Long Museum for the Opening Exhibition
Data compilation: Liu Jingwen,Cai Yujia