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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium:  ink and color on silk
Format: hanging scroll

Artist(s): Xie Sun (act. ca. late 17th c.)

Dimensions: 157.2 × 52.6 cm

Although a native of Lishui, Jiangsu province, Xie Sun resided in Jinling (today's Nanjing, Jiangsu province). Excelling at landscape and flower paintings, he cemented his reputation as one of the "Eight Masters of Jinling" with Gong Xian (1618-1689) and Fan Qi (b. 1616).   
  In the foreground some houses are scattered by a stream, and in the distance are towering mountains and luxuriant trees. Combining both deep and high distance compositional modes, the picture has good variety in the layering of space. Through the author's neat and meticulous brushwork, the hills, rocks and trees were dotted and tinted with mineral blue and green. The painting, with a simple and elegant style, is not as pretty as traditional blue-and-green landscapes but has an added degree of freshness and originalty. It typifies Xie Sun's landscape paintings.

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