Xi Dai (1801 - 1860)


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November 4, 2016
Online, PA, US

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Chinese Scroll Of Mountains Dai Xi (1801-1860):
Blue mountains and pine trees curve along the left side of a river. Below there is a house with small figures inside and bridge. Calligraphy and artist's seal on upper left, additional seal on lower right.

Dai Xi was a native of Qiantang near the cultural center of Hangzhou, although Dai
 spent many years in Guangzhou. In 1832 he joined officialdom, becoming a member of the Hanlin Academy. He later became Vice Minister of the Ministry of War, although absenting himself later for illness.

During the Taiping Rebellion Hangzhou was occupied by the rebels in 1860. Dai joined in the defense of the city and later committed suicide there by drowning himself in a pond. Dai was subsequently given the posthumous title Wenjie or “Cultured and Moderate.” Dai Xi painted in the manner of the great academic master Wang Hui of the previous century, although Dai Xi was said to have exceeded the master in artistic elegance. His work is similar to that of his contemporary Tang Yifen and together they were referred to as "Tang-Dai". Dai’s works are usually landscapes. His works include a generous mixture of genre subjects such as plants and humans.

In 1920 and in 1934 published collections of his paintings appeared in China. Dai was also an avid coin collector, publishing a three volume work on the subject "Guchuan zonghua"

74 x 22 1/4"
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Condition Report: The fabric mounting is in fragile condition and it is missing one end of the rolling dowel.

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