Subject:Re: ID assistance on baimaio style drawing
Posted By: rat Thu, Apr 27, 2023
Nice, thanks for the details. This artist seems to be quite good at fairly busy detail, such as the woman's hair, or the phoenix's tail feathers, or the sheng she is holding (an old musical instrument you don't see a lot of in paintings).
Scanning the Chinese text I found again, I should have added that he was good at Buddhist "and Daoist" figures; I guess just good at figures. Seeing the closeups makes you much more aware of the challenges of painting in fine detail, you can see modulations in the lines and broken brushstrokes that aren't as noticeable without zooming in. That's true even of Li Gonglin's actual Five Horses (and Grooms) handscroll (you can enlarge it quite a bit): https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/%E5%8C%97%E5%AE%8B_%E6%9D%8E%E5%85%AC%E9%BA%9F_%E4%BA%94%E9%A9%AC%E5%9B%BE_%E5%9B%BE%E7%94%BB%E9%83%A8%E5%88%86.jpg