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SHEN ZHOU - Lofty Mountain


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Lofty mountain

SHEN ZHOU (China, 1427-1509)

c.1480
Ink and color on silk, hanging scroll, 193.8 x 98.1 cm
National Museum, Taipei (Taiwan)



Shen Zhou (1427-1509) was -along with Tang Yin (1470-1524), Wen Zhengming (1470-1559) and Qiu Ying (c. 1495-1552)- one of the "Four Masters of the Ming Dynasty", and founder of the revolutionary "Wu School".

“Lofty mountain” is probably his most famous work. Despite its impressive size, the work is remarkable for its attention to detail and for the richness of its colors. The human figure is not explicitly present in the composition, and the artist has focused exclusively on the formidable natural landscape.

Really characteristic of the works by Shen Zhou is the small poem that accompanies the painting, in addition to a list of the collectors who have owned it.

Text: G. Fernández, www.theartwolf.com

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