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Title

Landscape


Artist

WU Xizeng

China


About

Wu Xizeng, (style names include Jing Ding and Jing Hu) native of Shaoxing, Zhejiang province was a famous Chinese painter. He joined the Institute of Chinese Painting at the age of 17 and was tutored by masters such as Jing Cheng and Chen Shizeng. He started with learning the style of Wang Hui’s, later widened his interests to other old masters. Wu specialised and was very skilful in landscape painting. He taught at Jinghua Art College and National Beiping School of Art and held important positions, such as the Deputy Director of Beijing Painting Academy and Director of the Association of Chinese Artists. This excellent piece of his early work, painted at age of 18, depicts a mist- enshrouded landscape with distant mountains and foreground houses shaded by lakeside trees, a much preferred secluded retreat for the literati. The creation of a seemingly eternal space is achieved by carefully planning a balanced composition of the high and the low, the near and the far, using varied density of ink and colour.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2013.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1922


Media category

Painting


Materials used

folding fan mounted as album leaf: ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

25 x 54.3 cm image


Signature & date

Signed and dated. "Painted after the brush idea of Shi Gu at the request of my dear friend Mr Zi Ying in June, Summer of year renxue [1922] by Wu Xizeng" [Wang Shigu, i.e. Wang Hui [1632-1717] was one of the “Four Great Masters” in the whole history of Chinese painting]


Credit

Gift of Edmund Capon


Location

Not on display


Accession number

254.2013


Artist information

WU Xizeng

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
China