Snow on Streams and Mountains

Wu Guxiang was one of the leading painters of the Orthodox School in Shanghai. His landscape style is said to derive from the Ming masters Wen Zhengming (1470-1559) and Tang Yin (1470-1523).

The inscription on this painting, however, quotes the Qing master Yun Shouping (1633-1690): ‘You must grasp the spirit of freezing coldness. Its appearance is solemn, and its light is dim. It accumulates layers after layers, and you can follow the trace to a new realm of enjoyment. The breath of coldness floats over tables and chairs, and the fierce storm starts from the tip of a hair. You must get the similarity of the spirit, and take the shape of the nature. This can be used to describe the painting of snow.’


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    Wu Guxiang, whose works are now quite rare, was one of the leading Orthodox School painters in Shanghai, and his landscape style derives ultimately from the Ming masters Wen Zhengming (1470-1559) and Tang Yin (1470-1523). He is known to have painted sets of seasonal landscapes and this winter scene may belong to such a group. The inscription discusses past theories of landscape painting.

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