Zhao Mengfu

Zhao Mengfu, born in Huzhou, China in 1254, was a painter and calligrapher, who is regarded as an early master within the tradition of literati painters, who were seeking personal expression rather than nature. He was a descendant of the Song dynasty imperial family and was educated in the imperial university. In 1286, Zhao accepted service into the newly established Mongol court. He is well known for his paintings of horses, as well as other animal groups, landscapes, and bamboo. His works are characterized by a variety of brushwork and employ simplified color and compositions. Both his wife, Guan Daosheng, and his son, Zhao Yong, were painters of note. He passed away in 1322. 


Zhao Mengfu is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met

Four Anecdotes from the Life of Wang Xizhi (ca. 1310)
Grooms and Horses (1296, reworked in 1359 by Zhao Yong and Zhao Lin)
Twin Pines, Level Distance (ca. 1310)