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Shen Zhou was one of the most important Chinese artists from the splendour of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and the founder of the Wu School. Usually working on small formats, Zhou focused his interest in the textures and the well-balanced compositions.
“Lofty mountain” is a clear example of all this. Nevertheless, and contrary to many other works by the artist, the human figure is not explicitly present in the composition, and here the artist has preferred to dedicate himself exclusively to the formidable natural landscape. Really characteristic of Zhou's works is the small poem that accompanies the work, in addition to a list of the collectors who have owned the work.
Text: G. Fernández, www.theartwolf.com