Quails and Sparrows in an Autumn Scene



Wang Yuan 王淵

(Chinese, c. 1299-after 1366)
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.)
Location: not on view
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Wang Yuan was from Qiantang, today’s Hangzhou in eastern China.


The flower-and-bird subjects here are depicted in a meticulous manner, echoing the academic tradition but translating the customarily 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 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.
Quails and Sparrows in an Autumn Scene

Quails and Sparrows in an Autumn Scene


Wang Yuan

(Chinese, c. 1299-after 1366)
China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)

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