Lofty mountains

Hou Maogong Chinese

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Hou Maogong was a student of both Wen Zhengming (1470–1559) and Qian Gu (1508–1574). Inscriptions on his surviving works, ranging in date from 1544 to 1577, show that he was also on intimate terms with Wen's sons, Wen Peng (1498–1573) and Wen Jia (1501–1583), as well as with other members of the Suzhou artistic circle. High Mountains has the narrow format, pastel coloration, and attenuated figures, trees, and rocks that are typical of late-Wen-school landscape paintings. Hou's works are considered rare.

Lofty mountains, Hou Maogong (Chinese, active ca. 1540–1580), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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