Zhang Daqian’s Reinvention of Wang Ximeng’s Singular Masterpiece

 In 1948 Zhang Daqian chose a Northern Song masterpiece by Wang Ximeng (1096–1119) as the inspiration for one of his attempts to update and personalise the imagery of an iconic antique scroll. By doing so Zhang Daqian was paying homage to Wang Ximeng and Song painting tradition by asserting himself as a living artist capable of extending a precious ancient artistic lineage.

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