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Li Ch'eng:
A Solitary Temple amid Clearing Peaks
Li Ch'eng (919-967), Hsien-hsi by style name, was a native of Ying-ch'iu, Shantung province. He was a descendant of the T'ang imperial household, but instead of realizing the objective of entering government services, devoted himself to poetry, wine, the ch'in zither and painting. He is renowned to have brought North Chinese landscape painting to completion, and his works, in which the p 'ing-yuan ("flat and distant") landscape style was brought to utmost refinement. rendered considerable influence on the development of landscape painting thereafter. This work is a rare masterpiece conveying to this day the golden era of landscape painting of the Northern Sung dynasty. ( Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art )

Li Ch'eng:
A Solitary Temple amid Clearing Peaks
Sung dynasty
hanging scroll/
ink and light color on silk
artwork : 110.5 x 55.7cm
hanging scroll : 187.0 x 67.7cm