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Flowers and Birds

Artist:
Shen Nanpin (Japanese: Shin Nanpin) (Chinese, 1682–after 1762)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
1750
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 45 13/16 x 19 11/16 in. (116.4 x 50 cm) Overall with mounting: 82 x 26 1/4 in. (208.3 x 66.7 cm) Overall with knobs: 82 x 28 5/16 in. (208.3 x 71.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.268.82
Not on view
In 1731 the Chinese painter Shen Nanpin came to Nagasaki, where he remained for two years. During this time, he taught Japanese students the traditional Chinese style of realist painting, resulting in the formation of the Nagasaki school. After Nanpin returned to China, many works in his style continued to be imported into Japan, and his influence on Japanese painting persisted into the late Edo period. In the fine example seen here, the meticulous rendering of flowers and birds and the sophisticated composition within a rectangular frame reveal the masterful craftsmanship that Japanese artists eagerly sought to learn from Nanpin.
Signature: "Spring of 1750, Chaohengzhai, Shen Quan"
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