This artist whose religious name is Yuan Chi (1640-ca.1707), is known by his
style name Shih-tao. He has long been acclaimed as painter but he is also a superb
calligrapher known for his individualistic simplified seal-type script,
standard style script, and the running script. This work, a rare hanging scroll by
Shih-tao, is an inscription executed in clear and accurate running script on the
rules for painting and calligraphy. The contents refer to self-discipline and a
warning to the world, and are interesting in learning Shih-tao's view on art.
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