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"Lotus Picture" axis, Qing, Huang Shen Painting, paper, ink, 130.2 cm vertical, 71.2 cm horizontal.
Picture from the title: "Two herons should pity the water full pool, the wind does not move the top green pendulum. Standing as a grass-roots forerunner, the list of white lotus fish is unknown. In the cold rain of a single punch, several voices call each other early autumn. Rain in a forest pond requires an increase in price, which is suitable for a poet. Huo Huo." Jun "Huang Shen" Zhu Wenyin and "Ying Po" Bai Wenyin. Kam Zang Yinjun "Borrowing Tree Mountain House".
Huang Shen's flower-and-bird painting inherited more of Xu Wei's ink-splashing freehand flower-and-bird painting style in Ming Dynasty. This picture depicts the two herons relaxing in the lotus pond after the rain and looking for food. Painted lotus stems, strong branches and leaves, petals charming, like a subtle fragrance floating. Two egrets fluttered down and cautiously entered the water. Through this detail, the painter skillfully displayed the scene of "water filling the pool", "using the pen is very simple, and the interest is self-sufficient", which can be seen. For lotus leaves, the brush is bold, dark, showing the vigorous vitality of lotus leaves and branches. Under the background of strong lotus leaves, the light and tender egret is depicted with light brushwork, which is lovely. In addition, the painter strives to create a sense of space in a concise composition: the lotus flowers are scattered, the lotus leaves are mutually masked, pitched to the back, with different postures, and there is a clear relationship between the depth of the front and back. Two egrets stopped behind the pole, especially the one flying in front of them, which played a role in expanding the picture space. In literati paintings, it is easy to neglect the space sense of scenery because of the emphasis on the form of brush and ink. Huang Shen, a professional painter, absorbed the interest of literati brush and ink while properly combining realism with freehand brushwork, thus forming his own unique style.