Kuo Hsi came from Wen-hsien in Honan. His style name was Shun-fu. He jained the Painting Academy in 1068 on command from the Emperor Shen-tsung. He was an excellent painter of landscapes. Though he modelled himself on Li Ch'eng (916-967), his paintings express his own feelings and ideas. He invented a type of landscape wall-painting in which mud was thrown onto a wall and then painted to resemble mountains and trees. He was the author of an important treatise on landscape painting. In this picture craggy peaks tower over a sheer, rugged cliff. Below a river pours over a wild, desolate plain. Fog encircles a mansion and a boat is moored among willow reeds. Two old men, accompanied by a boy carrying a lute, walk in quest of a secluded spot amid splendid scenery. In this magnificent landscape we may note especially the wonderfully painted mountains and rocks which exactly capture the mysterious atmosphere of the wild, watery plain.