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Xin'an School of Painting
2009-10-21 15:50

The Xin'an Painting School began during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1628 A.D.). The founders were Ding Zan and his son Ding Yunpeng of Xiuning County, and Li Liufang of Shexian County. The school became firmly established during the latter years of the Ming Dynasty and the early Qing Dynasty under the influence of four painters called the "Haiyang four figures": Zha Shibiao, Sun Yi, Wang Zhirui and their leader Jiang Tao. With their achievements, Xin'an painting began to shine in national art circles. These Huangshan-born painters survived the great upheavals of dynastic changes, choosing to paint nature, mountains and waters to express their feelings. Their style was simple and quiet, illustrating their temperament of escaping from the vulgar world and being indifferent to the society. From the Emperor Wanli's reign in the Ming Dynasty to the Emperor Qianlong's reign in the Qing Dynasty, there were more than 70 Xin'an painters. After that time, the most eminent successor was the artist Huang Binhong.











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