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.
Inscription: Artist’s signatures (1 column in standard script)
葉欣 (Leaf A, B, C) 欣 (Leaf D)
榮木 (Leaf A, D) 葉欣 (Leaf C) 葉欣之印 (Leaf B)
[ Wong Fat Yu , Hong Kong, until 1987; sold to MMA]
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "When the Manchus Ruled China: Painting under the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)," February 2, 2002–August 18, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China," September 13, 2003–February 22, 2004.
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," March 12, 2005–August 14, 2005.
Artist: Ye Xin (Chinese, active ca. 1640–1673)Date: undatedMedium: Double album leaf from a collective album of twelve paintings and facing pages of calligraphy; ink and color on paper
Accession: 2015.784.6On view in:Not on view