Li Yin (Chinese, active second half of the 17th–early 18th century)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Image: 87 3/4 x 44 3/4 in. (222.9 x 113.7 cm) Overall with mounting: 123 1/2 x 47 3/4 in. (313.7 x 121.3 cm) Overall with knobs: 123 1/2 x 52 in. (313.7 x 132.1 cm)
Anonymous Gift, in memory of Maitland F. Griggs, 1981
Not on view
Li Yin was a professional painter from Yangzhou, a commercial city located on the Grand Canal just north of the Yangzi River in Jiangsu Province. During the late seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, Yangzhou’s prosperity supported a number of artists. Li, together with his better-known contemporary Yuan Jiang (act. 1680–1730), worked in a studio of painters that specialized in intricately described visions of palatial architecture set within sumptuous blue-and-green landscapes. In reviving the monumental landscape style of the Tang and Song dynasties, Li Yin and Yuan Jiang also catered to a taste for large-scale hanging scrolls and multipanel screen paintings to decorate the ostentatious mansions of Yangzhou’s mercantile elite.
Signature: A poem on the scenery and a comment on brushwork by Li Yin (upper left corner), dated 1700.
Private Collection , Princeton, NJ (until 1981; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China," September 13, 2003–February 22, 2004.