River and mountain landscape

The artist Wu Hufan inscribes: ‘Guo Xi (c. 1023- c. 1085) painted rocks as clouds, as Wang Yuanqi [1642-1715] once said. I have not seen Guo’s painting; I only saw Wang’s copy. Here I tentatively imitate it within the limits of Wang’s achievement. So comes the saying of “painting rocks as clouds”. I paint this for Mr Yunshi [literally “cloud-rock”]’.

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    Wu Hufan was from Suzhou in Jiangsu province, a grandson of the painter and prominent collector Wu Dacheng. His career was spent largely in Shanghai where he formed a distinguished collection of paintings, and was involved in many institutions and organisations devoted to calligraphy and painting. His own painting style has been regarded as innovative within the orthodox stream of the literati tradition.

    In: Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000)

Further reading

Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 136 on p. 159, illus. p. 159 fig. 136

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