James Cahill on Ch’an Painting, 3: Muqi’s Six Persimmons

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This is the third of the talks by Professor Emeritus James Cahill I have chosen from his long series of lectures about Chinese painting for its discussion of Ch’an painting.

Today Prof. Cahill concentrates on one of Muqi’s most famous paintings, which became icnographic of the Ch’an style, his painting of the Six Persimmons, and brings out the various facets of the painting by comparing it to others, and discussing contrasts and constants.

He also shows how the Muqi style became transformed into something very dull in China, and how one has to visit Japan to find the ‘real’ Muqi paintings today, where the originals were treasured and preserved.

 

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