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清 葉欣 山水圖 冊 絹本
Landscapes

Artist:
Ye Xin (Chinese, active ca. 1640–1673)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1652
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album of four leaves; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
4 5/8 x 5 1/2in. (11.7 x 14cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. C. Y. Chen Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.223a–d
Not on view
In this gemlike album, which chronicles the changing seasons, Ye Xin, one of the leading Nanjing painters of his day, lovingly depicts the rural scenery around his native city. A sensitive and lyrical recorder of the familiar, Ye was also an innovative experimenter with light, atmosphere, and color. His art also reflects a creative response to Western images introduced to China by Jesuits in the late sixteenth century. This tiny album, small enough to tuck into one’s sleeve, would have been the perfect companion for a scholar in a garden setting or for a day’s excursion.
Inscription: Artist’s signatures (1 column in standard script)

葉欣 (Leaf A, B, C)
欣 (Leaf D)


Artist’s seals

榮木 (Leaf A, D)
葉欣 (Leaf C)
葉欣之印 (Leaf B)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Millennium of Chinese Painting: Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," September 8, 2001–January 13, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "When the Manchus Ruled China: Painting under the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)," February 2, 2002–August 18, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China," September 13, 2003–February 22, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Painting, Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," August 28, 2004–February 20, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," March 12, 2005–August 14, 2005.

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