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Autumn Thoughts at Willow Village

From Changshu, Jiangsu Province, Wu Li (1632-1718) was originally known by his given name Qili and later by his courtesy name Yushan. He grew up in a poor family amid the social tumult of dynastic change. In middle age, he converted to Catholicism and too

Literary Gathering (Wenyuan tu)

This painting, known as Literary Gathering (Wenyuan tu), was never signed or otherwise marked by the original artist.The painting commemorates a famous gathering hosted by the poet Wang Changling (698–757) during his official posting at Jiangning (present

Qi Baishi’s Twelve Screens of Landscapes

This set ofTwelve Screens of Landscapeswas first on display in April 1954 at his sole exhibition held by China Artists Association. It was later shown in a memorial exhibition featuring his works in 1958, a yearafter the artist passed away.

Li Gonglin (1049–1106) Vimalakīrti Preaching Buddhist Doctrine

The scroll illustrates a scene from a story in the Buddhist classic Vimalakīrti Sūtra (Chinese Weimajie jing) in which the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī (Wenshu pusa), heeding the order of the Buddha (i.e., Śākyamuni), visits Vimalakīrti (Weimajie), who stayed at

Zhao Ji ( Emperor Huizong) Listening to a Zither

The painting depicts a private gathering of noblemen. The protagonist sits at the center wearing a Daoist cap and a dark robe. He concentrates on the zither (qin) he plucks. Seemingly intoxicated by the music and lost in deep thought

Qi Baishi

Qi Baishi was a Chinese painter, noted for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolor works.Born to a peasant family from Xiangtan, Hunan, Qi became a carpenter at 14, and learned to paint by himself.