Huang Gongwang was born in 1269 in JIangsu province, China. Huang lost his parents at a very young age and grew up in poverty until Huang Le, a native of the Zhejiang province, adopted him. The 90 year old Le was impressed by the boys talent and exclaim: "Huang Gong Wang Zi Jiu Yi!" (The Huang Oldman has expect this son for so long!"黃公望子久矣！) so he renamed the boy "Huang Gongwang" (黃公望) with pseudonym Zijiu(子久). By age 12 Huang took a child prodigy examination and studied to become a master of knowledge and techniques. Huang passed the civil service examination but was forced to leave when he was accused of tax irregularities. It was at this time that he began to serve as a Taoist priest and start to paint landscapes as he travel after his 50s.
Huang rejected the conventional ways that artists painted landscapes, he believed that one should only paint when inspired, which followed the literati way of painting. In the later years of his life he lived in the mountains and devoted the rest of his life to music, poetry, writing and painting. He spent his last years in the Fu-ch'un mountains near Hangzhou devoting himself to Taoism. It was here that in ca. 1350 he completed his most famous, and arguably greatest, work, "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" which, among Chinese histories most famous paintings, had and continues to have an influence on Chinese art. Huang left an inscription at the end of this scroll, he notes that after a brief burst of creative energy when he laid out the basic plans of the scroll, he spent the next three years finishing the rest of it. This left the art piece with a very relaxed and spontaneous feel to it, true to his belief that one should only paint when inspired.Huang is regarded as number one of the Four Great Masters of the Yiian. The others in the group consisted of Ni Zan, Wu Zhen and Wang Meng, together the group changed the face of Chinese landscape paintings.
Most of Huang’s landscapes were painted after his seventieth birthday. Huang passed away at the age of eighty-six. Today his book – Secrets of Landscape Painting (寫山水訣) - continues to inspire and enlighten. During Huang's life he created almost 100 paintings, however only a few exist today, among them: Marvelous Rivers and Mountains, Living in Seclusion as a Fisherman and A Room Full of Fragrant Orchids.
This picture book includes a great selection of his major paintings in 68 high quality color plates(with no text pages).
Publisher: Chinese bookstores; 1st edition (May, 2011)
Paperback: 68 pages
Series Title: Chinese Painting Master Classic Series
ISBN: 9787514900682, 7514900683
Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 27.6 x 0.8 cm
Weight: 481 g
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