Landscapes after old masters

Artist: Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717)

Artist: leaves k, l by Wang Shimin (Chinese, 1592–1680)

Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Date: dated 1674 and 1677

Culture: China

Medium: Album of twelve leaves; ink and color on paper

Dimensions: Ten paintings by Wang Hui (a–j): 8 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. (22 x 33.8 cm); two paintings by Wang Shimin (k, l): 10 x 13 in. (25.4 x 33 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.141.4a–rr

Description

In 1674, Wang Hui painted an old-masters album of twelve leaves for his teacher Wang Shimin. Though already in his forties when he made this album, Wang Hui still attempted to impress his teacher with his range and technical facility. Three years later, Wang Shimin made his own album in response, painted in a broader style suited to his failing vision. Portions of the two original albums were lost over the centuries, and the ten surviving leaves by Wang Hui and two by Wang Shimin were combined into the album on view here. It is a touching artifact of the unique bond between a teacher and his student.

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