Ink Landscape Ink on paper, album leaf mounted as a hanging scroll, inscribed After Wang Shuming, followed by one rectangular seal of the artist Dai Xi，with one collector's seal. 9 1/2 x 6in (24.2 x 15.2cm)
Dai Xi was born in Hangzhou to a family of the scholarly elite. Receiving the jinshi degree 1832, he was appointed to the Hanlin Academy. In painting, Dai Xi favored the conservative approach of the Four Wangs of the early Qing dynasty, relying on past masters of the Chinese landscape painting tradition to both inspire and express his fluent understanding of the breadth of the art historical lineage. The present work, an album leaf mounted as a hanging scroll, cites Wang Meng (1308-1385) as the source of inspiration, but the rich use of ink is also reminiscent of Wu Li (1632-1718). The small composition is intimate, yet monumental.