Flowers and Birds, Shen Quan (Chinese, 1682–after 1762), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, China

Flowers and Birds

Shen Quan (Chinese, 1682–after 1762)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Image: 45 13/16 x 19 11/16 in. (116.4 x 50 cm)
Overall with mounting: 82 x 26 1/4 in. (208.3 x 66.7 cm)
Overall with knobs: 82 x 28 5/16 in. (208.3 x 71.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
In 1731 the Chinese painter Shen Nanpin came to Nagasaki, where he remained for two years. During this time, he taught Japanese students the traditional Chinese style of realist painting, resulting in the formation of the Nagasaki school. After Nanpin returned to China, many works in his style continued to be imported into Japan, and his influence on Japanese painting persisted into the late Edo period. In the fine example seen here, the meticulous rendering of flowers and birds and the sophisticated composition within a rectangular frame reveal the masterful craftsmanship that Japanese artists eagerly sought to learn from Nanpin.
Signature: "Spring of 1750, Chaohengzhai, Shen Quan"
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings of the Nanga School," January 27, 1990–May 13, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art in Early Japan," 1999–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.