During her lifetime and today, Guan Daosheng is accorded the highest praise as China's most famous woman painter and calligrapher, whose influence on many later artists cannot be overstated. The wife of the renowned Yuan dynasty scholar-painter, Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322), she was recognized and honored for her own accomplishments in poetry, calligraphy and paintings. Although she is known for her ink paintings of plum blossoms, orchids, landscapes and Buddhist figures, bamboo painting represented the core of her fame.Guan Daosheng was honored during her own lifetime by the highest levels of society, having enjoyed the beneficence of two imperial reigns, and her importance is made even more clear by the fact that the Qianlong Emperor included the present painting attributed to her among his personal art treasures.
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