Ye Xin Chinese

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In this gemlike album, which chronicles the changing seasons, Ye Xin, one of the leading Nanjing painters of his day, lovingly depicts the rural scenery around his native city. A sensitive and lyrical recorder of the familiar, Ye was also an innovative experimenter with light, atmosphere, and color. His art also reflects a creative response to Western images introduced to China by Jesuits in the late sixteenth century. This tiny album, small enough to tuck into one’s sleeve, would have been the perfect companion for a scholar in a garden setting or for a day’s excursion.

Landscapes, Ye Xin (Chinese, active ca. 1640–1673), Album of four leaves; ink and color on silk, China

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