Windswept lakeshore

Attributed to Xia Gui Chinese

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The Southern Song artist, eschewing the Northern Song monumental landscape traditions of "a hundred peaks and ten thousand trees," viewed nature through the microcosm of a single pair of trees and one or two rocks suspended in an infinite void. In this scene of unbounded space, vigorous wet-ink lines and dots against broad flat sweeps of ink wash define forms with startling boldness.

Windswept lakeshore, Attributed to Xia Gui (Chinese, active ca. 1195–1230), Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on silk, China

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