Nanxiong County

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    Guohua painter, connoisseur and editor. He grew up in Anhui where he studied at home with a private tutor. An active member of societies connected with painting, calligraphy and seal-engraving in Shanghai. Professor at the Xinhua Academy, Shanghai and, after a stay in Beijing, Professor in the Hangzhou Academy whence he sent us the small landscape. The dominant figure in the revived Anhui School of landscape painting, his influence on younger guohua painters was enormous.

    Leaves from an album.

    Inscribed with poems and the artist's signature and one seal on each.

    Painted before about 1925, when he finally dropped the water radical from the Bin of his name. None of them are dated, but they were bought in New York or Boston by Khoan and Michael Sullivan in about 1953. (Being very poor, in 1954 I consigned 6 leaves, keeping the best 6, to H. Medill Sarkisian in Denver for sale. He later said he had lost them. They must be in someone's collection, somewhere.) Although painted when he was a young man and had not yet perfected his mature style, these leaves show that he was already a master.

    In: Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009)

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