Monday, November 03, 2008

Wang Hui Monday

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images courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Wang’s seemingly effortless perfection brings Mozart to mind. Both were young prodigies who were prolific, at ease in many different styles, with, it seems, never a note or brush stroke out of place.

Unlike Mozart, Wang lived a long life. He was restless, always heading off in a new direction, copying one master after another. He succeeded so well that by the end of this exhibition the perfectionism, the lack of noticeable missteps, can be almost wearing.
NYT review of MoMA's "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717)." Featuring a nice slideshow.

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