I clean my inkstone not just to paint, but to reveal the images in my mind.

It is not necessary to limit oneself to one style.
Dai Benxiao.

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All his life Dai pursued a dry, softly textured style, creating evocative images of Daoist reclusion and high-minded self-cultivation. This album, one of the finest examples of Dai’s art, is stylistically datable to his late maturity, circa 1690.
In traditional fashion, the album concludes with a snowscape. Dai’s final words on that leaf makes it clear that the intent of his painting is self-expression as well as representation.

With thanks to @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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