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24) Li T'ang (ca. 1050-113 0). Whispering Pifies in the Mountains. Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk. Signed and dated 1124. Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk. This painting is an example of the end of the "monumental" landscape tradition of Northern Sung at the hand of a Court painter, for Li T'ang was one of the founders and guiding lights of the early Southern Sung Academy and a major transition figure between Northern and Southern Sung. Although this is still a fine painting, the "northern" style has become fragmented and formulaic. The loss of "monumentality" has been replaced by an intimacy and a lyricism, more in keeping with Academy art. Although barely visible in this slide, Li T'ang has signed the painting with the area of the sharp peak to the immediate left of the central massif, suggesting perhaps his desire to be close to the sovereign (?).

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