Shanghai contemporary artist Zhao-Nian Xi represents his country's beloved Huangshan Mountain in this watercolor by devoting the major portion of the painting to the sky. Occupying most of the space from the lower left corner to upper right corner, the sky communicates the vastness and heights of Huangshan's peaks. The technique is a variation of the "one corner" compositional formula of the Southern Sung school, which leaves half the picture nearly blank, adding tension to the subject. This artist's adept use of empty space identifies much of his work. In this watercolor, he adds magic to the dark taller peak with a barely visible misty pagoda and sprinkles of snowflake-shaped light that cascade down the its steep sides. Zhao-Nian Xi, born in 1944, was graduated from Shanghai School of Fine Art. His paintings are in collections in Asia, Europe and the United States. This watercolor, sealed by the artist, is matted and framed. Dimensions: height 16" ((41 cm), width 20-1/2" (52 cm).