Li Cheng (919-967), Hsien-hsi by style name, was a native of Ying-chiu,
Shantung province. He was a descendant of the Tang imperial household, but instead of realizing the objective of entering government services,
devoted himself to poetry, wine, the chin zither and painting. He is renowned to have
brought North Chinese landscape painting to completion, and his works, in which the ping-yang ("flat and distance")
landscape style was brought to utmost refinement, renderment 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.
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