Shen Zhou, courtesy name Qinan, no. Shitian was a native of Wu County, Jiangsu Province. He was a famous painter, calligrapher, and writer in the Ming Dynasty. He is also the founder and leader of the Wumen School of Painting. Shen Zhou was born in an artistic family. He was taught by Chen Kuan since he was a child. He received enlightenment education and studied poetry and prose. At the age of 15, he learned painting from his uncle Shen Zhen, Liu Jie, Du Qiong, Zhao Tonglu, and others. Excellent painting, especially fine painting. Shen Zhou spent his entire life studying at home, cherishing his love for landscapes, never taking the imperial examinations, and only pursuing spiritual freedom. His paintings draw on the strengths of others, inheriting the ink and wash light crimson system of the “Four Schools of the Yuan Dynasty”, and also involving the styles of the “Academic Body Painting” of the Southern Song Dynasty and the Zhejiang School of Painting, etc., and finally formed a unique personal style of painting. The field of painting has the function of linking the past and the future.
Shen Zhou is good at depicting landscape gardens, especially the three-dimensional artistic conception of “high”, “far-reaching” and “ping-yuan” in landscape painting. His techniques are rigorous and beautiful, his brushwork is calm and steady, and he expresses the leisurely interest of life boldly and vigorously, further showing the art world. The power of a giant. Shen Zhou’s representative works include “Imitation of Dongju’s Landscape”, “Cangzhou Interesting Map”, “Zuyi Map”, “Ink Vegetable Map”, “Reclining Tour”, etc. Up to now, Nanjing Museum has his masterpieces “Dongzhuang Map” and “Peony”; The Liaoning Museum has its masterpieces “Pen Chrysanthemum Appreciation Picture” and “Mist River Stacked Mountains Picture”; the National Palace Museum in Taiwan has its famous painting “Lushan High Picture”.