Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

Source: hubei.gov.cn

Mi Youren (1086-1165) (米友仁): Courtesy name Yuan Hui (元晖), native of Xiangyang, Hubei Province, son of the famous painter Mi Fu (米芾) and was titled as “the Junior”.

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

  • Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

    Mi Youren -- Founder of“Mountains Shrouded in Clouds”

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Mi Youren (1086-1165) (米友仁): Courtesy name Yuan Hui (元晖), native of Xiangyang, Hubei Province, son of the famous painter Mi Fu (米芾) and was titled as “the Junior”. His public service included a job that put him in charge of authenticating calligraphic works for the royalty and a stint as deputy-minister of war. An accomplished calligrapher-painter, he took his father’s technique in landscape painting a step further to what he termed as “ink game” (墨戏). This painting “Mountains Shrouded in Clouds” (米氏云山) depicts cloud-enveloped mountains near Zhenjiang. The mountaintop is outlined and inked with a wet brush, dots and dashes of ink are used to define the trees and flexible inclines are used to outline the cloud, with just a touch of light ink feathering the edges to bring out the whiteness. All these skills, commonly attributed to the “Mi family landscape style” (米家山水), were innovations at the time and would have an impact on the future evolution of the free and untrammeled style of “literati painting”.

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