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Benxiao Dai

 (1621 - 1693)
Benxiao Dai was active/lived in China.  Benxiao Dai is known for scroll painting.

Benxiao Dai

Biography from Christie's Hong Kong

Dai Benxiao (1621-1693) was born in Hezhou, Anhui province.  His father Dai Zhong, a devotee of the Ming court, became a monk with the rise of the Qing dynasty and died during a hunger strike in 1646 at the age of forty-five.  Before passing away, he asked Dai Benxiao and his brother to be faithful to the old regime and never work for the Qing court.

In 1665 Dai Benxiao was forty-five years old and he later published two books of poems, Poems of Early Life and Poems of Remaining Life, taking his age of forty-five as a watershed.  Dai Benxiao excelled in painting and poetry. 

His paintings are characterized by using simple brushwork and light ink to depict nature, in particular the scenery of Mount Huang with pines, rocks and seas of clouds, for expressing his sadness for the bygone reign.  Dai's good friend Mei Qing once described him as a celestial being.  Dai's brother Dai Yixiao ran a herbal medicine shop in town where he helped receive commissions for Dai Benxiao's paintings.

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About  Benxiao Dai

Born:  1621 - Hezhou, Anhui province
Died:   1693
Known for:  scroll painting