Hsu Tao-ning (970? - 1052?) was a native of Chang-an (Sian) or Ho-chien, Hopei province.
He first followed the style of Li Cheng, attained fame by producing paintings while selling
medicine in Kai-feng, the capital of the Sung dynasty, and established his own style in his late years.
This work, formerly known as "Fishermen" or "Fishing Boats on the Autumn River", in which the
grandeur and illusionary nature is fully depicted through his prodigious
understanding of form, composition, and use of the brush and ink, indicates unparalleled perfection.
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