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Title: Mountains Encircled by Mist
Date: 2002
Medium: Hanging scroll: ink on xuan paper
Dimensions: Image: 28 3/8 × 34 5/8 in. (72 × 88 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the George and Mary Rockwell Fund
Object Number: 2013.010
Label Text: Hsia I-fu gained fame for his art rather late in life. Born in Shandong, he had early training in traditional Chinese painting, and also in drawing and watercolor techniques. His talent was recognized and he was accepted into the Hangzhou Art Academy in 1947, but China’s civil war prevented him from pursuing his studies. In 1949 he moved to Taiwan and spent many years doing design-related jobs. Not until his retirement in 1978 did he return to practicing Chinese painting. His first solo exhibition was held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in 1988 and he has enjoyed much success as a painter since then.

Hsia’s distinctive, refined brushwork, built up in layers on the painting surface, creates landscapes that are rooted in traditional Chinese art, but are inspired by Taiwan’s lush mountains.

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