Wang Fu (1362-1416) was a native of Wu-hsi, Kiangsu province. His style name was Meng-tuan,
and his sobriquets were Yu-shih and Chiu-lung shan-jen. He held high principles and shunned
mundanity by nature, was gifted in poetry and prose, and was talented in calligraphy and
painting. He first won fame as a painter of bamboo and rocks following the manner of Ni Tsan,
but later studied the style of Wang Meng and established a unique demeanor in landscape
painting. This work, in which opulent brushstrokes depict a gathering of men of noble
character in a mountain bower, is a masterpiece produced when he was forty-three.
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