Wang Mian biography

Wang Mian

Artist, Visual Artist

1287 – 1359

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Who was Wang Mian?

Wang Mian was a Chinese painter during the Yuan Dynasty.

Wang was born in Zhuji the Zhejiang province. His style name was Yuanzhang and his sobriquets were "Zhushi Shannong", "Fangniu Weng", and "Meihua Wuzhu". Wang Mian aspired to be an official, but when he failed he turned to painting for a living. He painted plum blossoms as metaphors against the ruling Mongols of the Yuan Dynasty. Wang developed his own distinct style of painting plum blossoms that was very bold and vigorous. He edited the "Manual of Plum" to describe his experiences of plum-painting. A friend wrote " Those who sought out his paintings came in crowds, and stood back to shoulder to watch. He used paintings on long and short lengths of silk in order to earn what he needed for rice. When people mocked him, Wang Mian said, ' I depend on this for my livelihood. Why, otherwise, would I want to be a painting master working for others?'"

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Born
1287
Zhuji
Also known as
  • Wang Mien
Nationality
  • China
Profession
Died
1359

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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