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(Chinese, 1730–after 1788)
Album of twelve leaves; ink on paper
Each leaf: 29 x 18.4 cm (11 7/16 x 7 1/4 in.); Overall with mount: 35.6 x 22.1 cm (14 x 8 11/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1985.71
This album was painted for his friend Dailili Shanren in exchange for a scholar’s stone.
Min Zhen, who was orphaned at age 12 and developed an eccentric personality, was trained by Tang Yin (1682–1756), a writer, playwright, and superintendent of the imperial porcelain workshops in Jingdezhen. The connection to him may have enabled Min to stay in Beijing for a decade from around 1773. It is not clear whether he ever resided in Yangzhou, but his style is in many instances reminiscent of that of Yangzhou artist Huang Shen. This album demonstrates Min’s versatility and mature style in the last years of his life.
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