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Mu-Qi

Start of the Thirteenth Century, China/Sumi-e

 

Brief Biography-Mu-Qi was a Buddhist priest artist active in the thirteenth century whose works were highly influential in zen ink painting or Sumi-e style by Buddhist priests. He painted bold ink paintings of plants and landscapes and painted dragons, tigers, monkeys, cranes, and wild geese. Japanese priests who studied Buddhism in China returned with his paintings that impressed Japanese collectors and artists. However, Chinese critics said his brushstrokes were very rough, and Mu-Qi fell from favour; he eventually became forgotten in China. Fortunately, his work highly influenced Japanese painters, particularly his triptych, Crane Cannon and Monkey.

 

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crane kannon
and monkey

crane kannon and monkey


laozi

laozi

returning sails off
distant shore

returning sails off distant shore


six persimmons

six persimmons