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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
  • Description

    Each leaf signed by the artist; the final leaf is inscribed: "Painted and recorded by Ye Xin in the first lunar month of spring of the renchen year [February 10–March 9, 1652]"

    In these gemlike album leaves, which chronicle the changing seasons, Ye Xin, one of the Eight Masters of Jinling, lovingly depicted 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 whose art reflects a creative response to Western influences introduced to China by Jesuits in the late sixteenth century. In these leaves, Ye's serene introspective manner emerges; subtle in his use of colors and playful in his manipulation of subject matter and pictorial conventions, he distanced himself from the turmoil of dynastic change through idyllic images of rural life.

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