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A Painter's View of Southern China
( chinaculture.org )
Dong Yuan, one of the greatest painters in the later Tang Dynasty (923-936), was born in Zhongling county, Jiangxi province.
He is considered the founding father of landscape painting of southern China as well as one of the three great painters of the early Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127),.
Regions in the southern part of the Yangtze River, are mostly flat topographically, and have lots of rivers and a warm climate. As a devotee of landscape painting in southern China, his painting styles are deeply influenced by natural conditions.
His artworks often focus on the imagery of thick forests, fog and low mountains, which are a contrast to the steep mountains in the northern China.
Five Representative Paintings
1. 《夏景山口待渡图》 Waiting at a Ferry in the Summer
Size: 49.8 x 329.4 cm
Venue: Liaoning Provincial Museum
Introduction: This painting portrays a beautiful and quiet summer day south of the Yangtze River. It paints the story of a ferry on the river, wriggling its way through the mountains; thick forests make the numerous hills more striking.