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43) Tai Chin. Fishermen. Handscroll; ink on paper. This large, long handscroll of fishermen working along a river is among the best examples of Tai Chin's unacademic or non-Academy style. Based on close observation o1~' real life, the painting betrays an intense understanding of the river and the fishermen who make their livelihoodupon it. These observations make possible the wide range of individual gesture and action of the subjects throughout the painting. A major characteristic of Tai Chin's virtuoso performance is the descriptive power of his forceful drawing and the relative lack of constraint in his brushwork -- free of stylistic restrictions imposed by the Academy style, his brush moves however necessary to describe the object at hand. The result is a powerful, realistic painting of dazzling spontaneity based on direct observation that would lay a foundation for later Che School artists.

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