The first artist in this series, Ma Yuan (1160-1225), came from a family of painters, who were all serving at the imperial court of the Song Dynasty as members of the painting academy. As with all the masters mentioned in this series I won’t go into the biographical data (which usually anyhow are rather sparse and can be found behind the link). Instead I will focus on looking at some of their works.
One of Ma Yuan’s most famous paintings is the one above: “Walk on a Mountain Path in Spring”. The painting is made in ink on silk and has in its right upper corner a poem by Emperor Ninzong that translates as:(more…)