Ma Yuan (second half of the twelfth century to the first half of the thirteenth century),
Ch'in-shan by sobriquet, was a native of Ho-chung, Shansi province. He gave glory to the
latter phase of the Southern Sung Imperial Painting Academy together with Hsia Kuei.
A follower of Li T'ang's style, he excelled in landscape painting, in which he imparted
his unique character in the trees and rocks executed with burnt ink. He was called
"One-cornered Ma" for his expression of abbreviating the peak when depicting mountains
or omitting the scenery under cliffs. This work is Ma Yuan's masterpiece full of serenity
and clearly indicating his characteristics.
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