Description: A Chinese Qing Dynasty scroll painting of ink and color depicting humble village and bridges nestled on a waterside in snowy winter scene. Showing themed calligraphy inscriptions, followed by artist's iron-red signature seals on upper left. Mounted on pale-creme silk border with darker outer rim. Two lettering calligraphy inscription labels on both sides. With iron-red signature seals.
Dimensions: Dimension: 69-1/2" L x 15" W (painting): 33-1/8" L x 8-1/8" W
Artist or Maker: Wang Hui
Medium: paper, ink, watercolor
Date: Qing Dynasty
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Wang Hui was a Chinese landscape painter, one of the Four Wangs. He, and the three other Wangs, dominated orthodox art in China throughout the late Ming and early Qing periods. Of the Four Wangs, Wang Hui is considered the best-known today. Wang Hui followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work. Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei museums loaned works for "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717)" in 2008 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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