Landscape after Ni Zan

仿倪瓚設色山水圖

1707

Wang Yuanqi 王原祁

(Chinese, 1642–1715)
Painting: 80.6 x 43.8 cm (31 3/4 x 17 1/4 in.); Overall with knobs: 217.7 x 68.5 cm (85 11/16 x 26 15/16 in.)
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Wang Yuanqi, an official in Emperor Kangxi’s (reigned 1662–1722) court, grew up in an artistic family. Like other mainstream painters of the Orthodox School, he followed a canon of earlier styles and artists endorsed by Ming calligrapher Dong Qichang (1555–1636).

Here, Wang drew inspiration from Ni Zan (1301–1374), a Yuan dynasty painter known for his simple compositions and spare use of ink. Master Ni seldom used color, but Wang added green and ochre washes to the trees, cottages, and hills in this landscape. Painting was a way for Wang to relieve the pressures of his official duties.
Landscape after Ni Zan

Landscape after Ni Zan

1707

Wang Yuanqi

(Chinese, 1642–1715)
China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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