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)
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