Lady in a bamboo grove

Attributed to Qiu Ying Chinese

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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Qiu Ying was a professional painter who lived and worked in Suzhou during the city’s flourishing sixteenth century. At the time, social divisions between educated elites and professional painters could sometimes be difficult to cross, but Qiu Ying managed to mix with the circle of Wen Zhengming despite the fact that he did not share their extensive literary training. This painting of a woman in a bamboo grove typifies Qiu’s ability to paint with polished, meticulous brushwork while still maintaining the atmosphere of understated elegance that appealed to his scholarly friends.

Lady in a bamboo grove, Attributed to Qiu Ying (Chinese, ca. 1495–1552), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, China

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