Landscape with figure on a bridge

Dai Xi was a prominent official and painter from a literati family in Hangzhou. His painting style is influenced by Wang Hui (1632-1717) and other orthodox masters of the 18th century. On this painting he has inscribed: ‘Only Wang Hui is the best painter of Blue and Green landscapes. Later people’s copies could never capture his style of thickness and brightness. What I often paint is mostly light and elegant. In this painting I imitate his style without looking at his works. Compared to my usual brushwork, this one appears slightly thicker.’

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    Dai Xi was a prominent official and painter from a literati family in Hangzhou (then Qiantang), who spent part of his official career in Guangzhou. He retired from public life in the 1850s, though he later accepted the imperial command to defend Hangzhou against the Taiping army; on the fall of the city to the rebels in 1860 he drowned himself. His painting style is influenced by Wang Hui and other orthodox masters of the 18th century.

    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. 14 on p. 37, illus. p. 37 fig. 14

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