Mei was born in Xuancheng, Anhui Province. His style name was 'Yuangong' (渊公 or 远公) and his pseudonym was 'Mount Qu' (Qushan 瞿山), 'Winter Hut' (Xue Lu - 雪庐), and 'Lao Qu Fan Fu' (老瞿凡父). Mei was taught by Wang Meng. He was a friend Shitao, influencing some of Shitao's earlier works. His landscape paintings were based on his many travels to the Yellow Mountain.
His works on poetry include: Tian Yan Garret Collection (天延阁集) and Mei Shi Anthology (梅氏诗略).
- "Méi Qīng Brief Biography". Retrieved 2008-07-17.
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- Barnhart, R. M. et al. (1997). Three thousand years of Chinese painting. New Haven, Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-07013-6
- Ci hai bian ji wei yuan hui (辞海编辑委员会）. Ci hai （辞海）. Shanghai: Shanghai ci shu chu ban she （上海辞书出版社）, 1979.
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