Description When he painted this long handscroll in 1684, Wang Yuanqi [Wang Yüan-ch'i], the greatest orthodox master of the Qing [Ch'ing] dynasty, had not yet developed the style for which he is best remembered. Grounded in the lessons of his grandfather, the artist Wang Shimin [Wang Shih-min], he aimed in his own way to make a work both as weighty and as free as that which was regarded as the greatest of Chinese handscrolls: Huang Gongwang's [Huang Kung-wang's] Dwelling in the Fuchun [Fu-ch'un] Mountains of 1350.
- Free Spirits among Streams and Mountains: A Chinese Handscroll by Wang Yuan-ch'i (1645-1715). The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance James Freeman [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1994, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 1994
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