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清 王槩 芥子園畫傳
Leaf from the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting (Jieziyuan huazhuan)

Artist:
Wang Gai (Chinese, 1645–1710)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
probably 1878 edition
Culture:
China
Medium:
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
9 5/8 x 11 13/16 in. (24.4 x 30 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
CP8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 213
In 1679, the playwright, author, and garden designer Li Yu published a primer for amateur painters called the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. The manual’s images and texts impart a sense of famous masters’ styles and how to reproduce them. The designs for the prints were prepared by Wang Gai, as he had the versatility required to paint in a range of manners. The manual was extremely successful and became the most widely used book of its type not only in China, but in Japan and Korea as well. Today, many painters still use it as a starting point.
[ Bertha Bull Lum , Iowa, until 1924; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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