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明 藍孟 溪山雪泛圖 軸 紙本
Boating amid Snowy Streams and Mountains

Lan Meng (ca. 1614–after 1671)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Image: 90 x 37 1/4 in. (228.6 x 94.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of John and Lili Bussel Family,1996
Accession Number:
Not on view
Like many professional painters trained in family workshops, Lan Meng carried on the style established by his famous father, Lan Ying (1585–ca. 1664). Lan Meng also adopted his father’s practice of painting in the mode of old masters. The inscription at the top right states that Lan Meng based this work on a painting by Wang Wei (699–759), the Tang dynasty poet-painter whom the Orthodox School considered the fountainhead of the literati painting tradition. Lan’s take on Wang Wei’s style is big and bombastic, full of broadly brushed strokes. The addition of color and white to indicate snow is a bold interpretation and one that might have been considered over-the-top by contemporaries like Wang Jian and Wang Shimin.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (3 columns in semi-cursive script)


Artist’s seals

Xihu Lan Meng 西湖藍孟
Cigong shi 次公氏
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