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This painting hung for some time in the back room of the Mi Chou Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City - I would visit on every trip to New York [frequently, during my years in Washington at the Freer Gallery of Art]. Anyway, every time I would go there I would admire this [painting], and in between I would worry over whether someone else would buy it. Finally I conquered my reluctance - understand that one could buy a pretty good old painting in Japan for around the same price - and bought it myself. I've never regretted it; it's hung on several walls of places I've lived. It exemplifies what Wang himself says about strong but supple brushwork in praising Bada Shanren and others, and is also very original compositionally. Was his style affected in this period by his study [at Cooper Union in New York City] of Western-style painting, was it Cézanne, or someone else? If you could combine Bada Shanren and Cézanne, this is what you would get.
Painting Ink and color on paper China h 36 -7/8 x w 17 -7/8 inches