Discussing Antiquity by the River

Tung Ch'i-ch'ang (A.D. 1555-1636), Ming dynasty {A.D. 1368 1644)
Ink an paper. Hanging scroll. 80.0 x 29.8 cm.

Tung Ch'i-ch'ang was a native of Hua-t'ing, Kiangsu. His style name was Hsuan-tsai; his sobriquet was Ssu-pai. A chin-shih of A.D. 1588, he ultimately became President of the Board of Rites. Tung Ch'i-ch'ang excelled in both calligraphy and painting; his landscapes were elegant and refined. He succeeded in establishing his own style.
In his inscription, Tung Ch'i-ch'ang states that he was inspired to paint the picture after discussing antiquity with some friends. The use of brush and ink is extremely cultivated; not one brush stroke lacks a sense of life.

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