Liang Kai served as a painter-in-attendance at the Song Imperial Painting Academy in Hangzhou from about 1201 to 1204; he relinquished that prestigious position to live and paint at a Chan (Zen in Japanese) Buddhist temple. Like his best-known paintings, preserved mostly in Japanese collections, this small landscape conveys a spiritual intensity. Under the great cliff, in the stillness of the landscape, a solitary figure meditates on the illusory world before him.
Inscription: Artist's signature (2 characters in semi-cursive script)
Liang Kai 梁楷
Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford, Jr., 1913-1988) Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 Hanguang Ge 漢光閣