Blue/Green Landscape, 1719 Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, inscribed by the artist with a date of jihai (1719) signed Zhou Xun followed by a seal reading Zhou Xun. 41 x 13 1/2in (104.1 x 34.3cm)
周璕 山水 設色絹本 立軸
In the inscription the artist notes he executed the painting in the style of "little General Li", or Li Zhaodao (675-758) of the Tang dynasty, in reference to the blue and green mineral pigments used to color the mountains. For centuries artists would rely on the blue/green palette to not only evoke the aesthetics of the past, but also to convey a longing for the golden age of the Tang period. Zhou Xun's nostalgia for the past went deeper than his artistic output, as in 1729 he was arrested for attempting to overthrow the Qing to restore the Ming dynasty.
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