Four Wangs

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The Four Wangs (Chinese :四王; pinyin :Sì Wáng; Wade–Giles :Ssŭ Wang) were four Chinese landscape painters in the 17th century, all with the surname Wang. They are best known for their accomplishments in shan shui painting.


The painters

They were Wang Shimin (1592–1680), Wang Jian (1598–1677), Wang Hui (1632–1717) and Wang Yuanqi (1642–1715). [1] They were members of the group known as the Six Masters of the early Qing period. [1]


The Four Wangs represented the so-called "orthodox school" of painting at the time. The school was based on the teachings of Dong Qichang (1555-1636). It was “orthodox” in the Confucian sense of continuing traditional modes. [2]

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  1. 1 2 Cihai: Ci hai bian ji wei yuan hui (辞海编辑委员会). Ci hai (辞海). Shanghai: Shanghai ci shu chu ban she (上海辞书出版社), 1979 Page 757.
  2. "Four Wangs | Chinese Painting | China Online Museum". Retrieved 2019-12-23.

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