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Grand View of Mountains and Rivers

Dai Jin Chinese

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Dai Jin was the most talented and versatile landscape painter of the early fifteenth century. His gifts were recognized by multiple Ming emperors, who invited him to serve as official painter at the imperial court. In this ambitious handscroll, appropriately titled Grand View of Mountains and Rivers, Dai revels in his mastery of multiple styles. Some of these are identifiable, such as the layered horizontal dots of the Mi family style near the beginning and the angular axe-cut textured strokes of Xia Gui near the end, but others are more composite. Though Dai often painted in the manner of earlier masters, this is a rare work that combines multiple brush modes into a single, grandly conceived composition.

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