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T: Po-ta Kuo Min was a late Sung, early Yüan painter whose works are quite rare. He was from Ch'i-hsien in Honan province and was known as a painter of landscapes, figures, flowers, and ink bamboo. He worked in a style and developed compositions that are associated with Northern Sung painters like Kuo Hsi and Li Ch'eng. Following the Li-Kuo style, Kuo Min builds up forms to create this composition of towering mountains fraught with looming overhangs. This unstable landscape creates a tension that is further heightened by the bleakness of winter. The painting is signed between two trees at the bottom right.
Painting Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk China h 49 -1/4 x w 22 -3/4 inches