The Masters of Song


Anyone interested in better appreciating Chinese ink painting would do well to head to a small show now at the Freer Gallery of Art. “Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy” focuses on a dynastic period (960-1279) when artists, working mostly under court patronage, infused landscapes with unprecedented emotion and meaning. Experimenting with brushwork and composition, they also developed distinctive styles that have inspired and influenced artists to the present day.

‘Hostelry in the Mountains’ (mid- to late 12th century), by Yan Ciyu.
Freer Gallery of Art

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