Hanging scroll: ink on paper
Dimensions: Image: 24 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (61.6 x 41.3 cm)
Gift of Professor G. William Skinner, Class of 1947
Wang Yuanqi was the youngest of the so-called Four Wangs, a group of literati artists that included his grandfather Wang Shimin (1592–1680), whose work is also shown in this exhibition, along with Wang Jian (1598–1677), and Wang Hui (1632–1717). Followers of the orthodox theories of the late Ming dynasty master Dong Qichang (1555–1636), these artists gained renown for their masterful, yet conservative, landscape paintings.
In classic orthodox fashion, Wang Yuanqi follows the landscape style of the tenth-century painter Juran. Elements associated with the early master include the “alum-lump” boulders, long “hemp-fiber” strokes that give texture to the mountains, and dark “moss-dot” accents. ("Tradition, Transmission, and Transformation in East Asian Art," curated by Cornell PhD student Yuhua Ding under the supervision of Ellen Avril and presented at the Johnson Museum January 23-June 12, 2016)
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