The above is a hand-scroll based on a standard theme, “The Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang 《潇湘八景》”, executed in a style reminiscent of the monk-painter Muxi. This is a canonical collection of eight distinct scenes compiled circa. the 10th Century. The scenes are as follows (from right to left):
It is conventional to depict the scenes both as a set or individually. It is my view that the above has a claim to being a pure distillation of both the technical austerity as well as the stylistic poise which distinguishes the paintings of the 11 to the 1400s.