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fifth in an album of eight leaves, Masterpieces of Song and Yuan Dynasties
Mi Fu (1052-1107) and his son Mi Youren (1074-1151) were renowned landscape painting masters of the Song dynasty (960-1279). Their works are characterized by monochrome ink dots and ink wash. In creating the dreamy and misty atmosphere, lady Han Ximeng reduced the density of needlework and applied more ink wash to capture the essence of the moment when "night rain has let up and the dawn mist is about to clear". On the left side of the folio, the influential Ming dynasty connoisseur and painting master Dong Qichang (1555-1636) inscribed the following: Passionate brush of Nangong [Mi Fu]: miraculous needles came during the night; A joint picture in needlework and ink: remote mountains and deep clouds; He who steps into this ordinary yet hushed scene, Whether wandering or standing still, will hear a long whistling.