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Quails and Sparrows in an Autumn Scene

Quails and Sparrows in an Autumn Scene


Wang Yuan

(Chinese, c. 1299-after 1366)

Hanging scroll, ink on paper

Painting: 114.3 x 56 cm (45 x 22 1/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 267.5 x 85 cm (105 5/16 x 33 7/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1997.91


The flower-and-bird subjects here are depicted in a careful and meticulous manner, echoing the academic tradition but translating the customary colored images to plain monochrome. Fine ink lines combined with carefully graded washes define the contours and give subtle modeling to the natural forms. Wang Yuan from Qiantang (Hangzhou) excelled in flower-and-bird subjects as well as landscape and figure paintings. A child prodigy, he was instructed by the great Yuan master Zhao Mengfu at an early age.

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