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Wang Meng

Forest Grotto in Juqu

Forest Grotto in Juqu, Wang Meng
Forest Grotto in Juqu, zoomed in
68.8 cmForest Grotto in Juqu scale comparison42.5 cm
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Forest Grotto in Juqu is a Yuan Dynasty Ink and Paper Drawing created by Wang Meng in 1370. It lives at the National Palace Museum, Taipei in Taiwan. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Trees and Calligraphy. SourceDownload

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Wang Meng brings his distinctively dense brushwork to this painting of the Forest Chamber Grotto at Lake Tai. The composition is claustrophobic, but it can be deciphered by looking closely at his brush-strokes.

Wang used a blend of traditional brush techniques to distinguish the different elements of the Grotto: “ox-tail” textured strokes delineating the landscape forms, long “hemp-fiber” strokes create the tree trunks. Combined with the dense “moss” dots, layers of ink washes were also added to create a distinction between light and dark. Finally, Wang Meng used touches of ocher and red to provide this painting with the hue of autumn.

Reed Enger, "Forest Grotto in Juqu," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 03, 2018; last modified June 09, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/wang-meng/forest-grotto-in-juqu/.

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