Landscapes, Flowers and Birds

Xiang Shengmo Chinese

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Xiang Shengmo enjoyed two significant advantages in his early years as a painter. First, his grandfather Xiang Yuanbian possessed the greatest collection of old masterworks in the realm. Second, Dong Qichang, whose theories were so influential in seventeenth-century art circles, served for a period of time as a tutor in his home, and Xiang maintained a friendship with the elder painter. With this unusual background, Xiang achieved an exceptional range, as is evident from this diverse album of landscape and flower subjects.

Landscapes, Flowers and Birds, Xiang Shengmo (Chinese, 1597–1658), Album of eight paintings; ink and color on paper, China

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