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Landscapes in the Manner of the Ancients

Wang Jian (Chinese, 1609–77 or 1688)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album of eighteen leaves; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
11 3/4 x 12 3/8 in. (29.8 x 31.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Gift of Douglas Dillon Gift, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.235.2a–u
  • Description

    Wang Jian's paintings exemplify the vision of a man steeped in tradition. A member of the educated elite, Wang enjoyed access to the region's numerous private collections as well as inheriting a rich assemblage of old masters from his grandfather Wang Shizhen (1526–1590). This firsthand knowledge of past masterpieces inspired Wang to follow the example of Dong Qichang (1555–1636) in seeking a personal artistic synthesis through the diligent study of "orthodox" models.

    This album is a virtuoso display of Wang Jian's command over his tradition. Each leaf recalls a specific past master, yet each presents a new solution in which the model is transformed by the smaller, album format as well as by Wang's distinctive brush mannerisms.

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