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While recognizing nature as the ultimate spiritual wellspring, this statement implicitly acknowledges that Chinese artists have always sought inspiration more from the history of their own artistic tradition than directly from nature, and have primarily pursued and realized their individual vision through the reinterpretation of that tradition rather than by inventing new and different ways to depict nature.
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by Dong Qichang, 1555–1636
China, Ming dynasty,1617
Ink on paper
38.3 x 128.2 cm (15 1/16 x 50 1/2 in.)
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