Tung Ch'i-ch'ang (1555-1636) was a native of Hua-t'ing, near Shanghai.
His style name was Hsuan-tsai, and his sobriquets were Ssu-pai and
Hsiang-kuang. He was a celebrated calligrapher from an early age, and
his semi-cursive script was designated as the preeminent in the Ming
dynasty. He was also a gifted painter, talented in landscapes in the Sung
and Yuan styles. He gave immeasurable influence to the artistic circles
of the Ming dynasty as the leader of the Nan-tsung-hua (Southern School of Painting).
This work, painted when he was forty-eight. is a masterpiece with overflowing sensitivity.
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