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. . . is for Xu

Xu Wen (later 18th-early 19th century), Chinese
“Flowers, Birds and Animals”

Album of 12 leaves, ink and color on silk
21.2 x 31.4 cm. (8 1/2 x 12 3/8 in.)

Each leaf inscribed and signed by the artist.

Xu Wen, also known as Xu Hua and Xu Huawen, hao Qinglai or Laiqing and Buluosheng (“Student who helps the wisteria”), was from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. At the age of 14 he began to study with Xi Gang (1746-1803). Blessed with natural talent, he painted landscapes, female figures, flowers, bamboo and rocks that were not copies or imitations but rather had brushwork possessing heavenly flavor. The style of the present album suggests that he was influenced by the elegant and fluid style of Yun Shouping (1633-1690).

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