Huang Binhong

Huang Binhong 黃賓虹 (1865-1955) was born in Jinhua, Zhejiang province. He’s best known for his paintings and drawings, and as a writer and teacher. I have not seen any seals carved by him but would be surprised if he hadn’t made any at some time.

“Considered one of the last great literati artists in China. He was not only an avid collector of ancient seals, beginning with the acquisition of a large number of seals originally belonging to the seal collector Wang Qishu, but also a serious student of seal engraving. He published one of the earliest comprehensive treatises on engraving in modern times. His approach to composition in painting, particularly during his late years, can be characterized by the positive use of void and was clearly related to the aesthetic values of seal engraving.”

He is considered one of the last innovators in the literati style of painting and is noted for
his freehand landscapes. His painting style showed the influence of the earlier painters Li Liufang (李流芳), Cheng Sui (程邃), Cheng Zhengkui, and Kun Can.
He also had significance for creating several societies devoted to painting and calligraphy.

  • Pinyin: Huáng Bīnhóng
Art Institute of Chicago

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