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T: Tzu-chü Shen Shih-ch'ung was from Hua-t'ing, Chiangsu province, and was a pupil of first Sung Mou-chin and later Chao Tso, who became one of the most famous Yün-chien school artists. The artists of this tradition painted landscapes with an atmospheric quality and frequently their paintings take on a slightly hazy look. This school's first master was Sung Hsü, whose work is also shown here. Historically the Yün-chien (the old name of the region of Sung-chiang) school was held in contrast to the Hua-t'ing (named for the county and city) school, whose major exponent was the theoritican and painter Tung Ch'i-chang. Shen displays the typical Yün-chien school flare for beautiful and expert brushwork, particularly in the handling of the autumn trees and densely textured rocks.
Painting Album leaf, ink and light colors on paper China h 12 x w 9 -7/8 inches