Ink and Wash / Sumi-e Artworks and Masters – Mu Xi (牧溪/Mu Hsi/Muqi/Fachang): The Monk Painter

 

A Brief Biography of Mu Xi (牧溪/Mu Hsi/Muqi/Fachang)

Not many information about Mu Xi exists, although it is commonly accepted that he was born in the Sichuan province around 1200 and later lived near the capital Hangzhou. We don’t know anything about his family, childhood or education, except that he was probably tutored by Liang Kai and the abbot Wuzhun Shifan. Mu Xi was a Chan Buddhist monk and lived in the Liutong Temple at the West Lake beginning from 1215. The monastery was without any doubt a place for Japanese pilgrims who came to China to study Chan Buddhism and came into contact with Mu Xi’s works.

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