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Zhao Lingrang

 (Late 11th-Early 12th Century)
Zhao Lingrang was active/lived in China.  Zhao Lingrang is known for handscroll painting of lakeshsore view.

Zhao Lingrang

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Zhao Lingrang or Chao Ling-Jang or Chao Ling-jang, nickname: Danian, Eleventh and twelfth centuries. Active around 1070-1100. Chinese painter

A member of the imperial Song family, a senior civil servant and landscape painter, Zhao Lingrang is particularly known for his hazy effects on bodies of water: the Boston Museum retains a fan that was formerly attributed to him, Pavilion under the willows. In the section devoted by the Huaji to the painters of high birth, Prince Yun figures first.

The second notice presents Zhao Lingrang, prince of blood, who has a certain reputation in landscape painting. Dedicated to the fifth generation of the founder of the dynasty, Lingrang (personal name Danian) grows up in the court in luxury and refinement, but he knows how to focus on the study of Classics and Stories. in ink, and takes great pleasure in working with colors.

His paintings open onto banks and ponds that stretch out into the distance, or present shady groves where ducks and geese frolic in a hazy atmosphere. They breathe the rest, which connoisseurs appreciate. According to the Huaji, his snow scenes are similar to those commonly attributed to Wang Wei, and his waterbirds on the waves call for a taste of the joys of secluded life. Its groves of bamboos are painted in the manner of Su Shi. His style, however, is imbued with an effeminate sweetness that explains the extreme refinement of his education.

More daring and strength would make him equal to Li Zhaodao (active green 670-730). Huang Tingjian expresses the same feeling. He regrets with the prince, an excessive refinement, a certain immaturity due to a life too fulfilled. "If he could free himself from music, women, furs, and horses, if he could carry a hundred pounds on his chest, he would not be inferior to Wen Yuke." Victims of an existence too pampered, the princes of the blood are also of some forbidden. Rigorous regulations make them prisoners of the capital and its immediate surroundings.

Zhao could never see with his eyes the beautiful lands of the South, their mountains, their lakes, their rivers. All these reservations made, he remains a great painter. The scholars respect him; the princes of the blood and the members of the imperial family were for the most part inspired by him. Zhao is one of Emperor Shenzong's brothers. Also mentioned here are Zhao Zonghan, a younger brother of Emperor Yingzong, and Li Wei, son-in-law of Emperor Renzong. Finally, we recall the high quality of Weng Shen, son-in-law of Emperor Yingzong.

"Zhao Lingrang," Wikipedia-Google Translate, Oct. 2018

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