An Essay on Landscape Painting

An Essay on Landscape Painting

An Essay on Landscape Painting

An Essay on Landscape Painting

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Kuo Hsi, whose tzu + ̆ was Shun-fu, was born in Honan Province about 1020. Of his parents and of his early education we know practically nothing. A few phrases in the Preface to An Essay on Landscape Painting written by his son Kuo Jo-hsü tell us that he followed the teachings of Lao-tzu + ̆, and that before him there were no traditions of painting in the family. We also know, from a statement in the Hsüan Ho Hua P'u, that he was admitted at an early age to the Imperial Academy of Painting and soon made himself known for his bold and masterly brush-work. If we may be permitted to reconstruct his later history from other scattered notes, we may state with some certainty that in middle life he acquired great fame as a landscape painter, for he was called to the court to paint large frescoes on the walls of the Imperial Palace. Later still he became a member of the Imperial Council and held various honorary offices.

By his contemporaries Kuo Hsi was considered the greatest master of his day. He had early been attracted to the work of Li Ch'êng, one of the most important landscape artists of the early Northern Sung dynasty. Throughout his life Li Ch'êng was to . . .

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