Traveler in the Mountains, by Dong Qichang, painted in the 1600s. Dong effectively flattened space in his compositions so that mountains, trees, and rocks functioned less as representational forms than as semi-abstractions.

Dong Qichang, born in Huating (present-day Songjiang, Shanghai), was a distinguished Ming painter, calligrapher, art critic, and official whose landscape paintings were noted for their simplicity and elegance. Both his art theory and his practice would have a lasting

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