清 王鑑 仿古山水圖 冊 紙本 Landscapes in the styles of ancient masters
Wang Jian (Chinese, 1609–1677 or 1688)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Album of eighteen leaves; ink and color on paper
11 3/4 x 12 3/8 in. (29.8 x 31.4 cm)
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Gift of Douglas Dillon Gift, 1989
Not on view
Wang Jian's paintings exemplify the vision of a man steeped in tradition. A member of the educated elite, Wang enjoyed access to the region's numerous private collections as well as inheriting a rich assemblage of old masters from his grandfather Wang Shizhen (1526-1590). This firsthand knowledge of past masterpieces inspired Wang to follow the example of Dong Qichang (1555-1636) in seeking a personal artistic synthesis through the diligent study of "orthodox" models.
This album is a virtuoso display of Wang Jian's command over his tradition. Each leaf recalls a specific past master, yet each presents a new solution in which the model is transformed by the smaller, album format as well as by Wang's distinctive brush mannerisms.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (1 column in standard script, on the last painting):
Eighteen copies of paintings. Wang Jian
Jian 鑑 (on each painting)
Yang Jizhen 楊繼振(ca. 1832–ca. 1893), 6 columns in large seal script, undated; 2 seals:
Xiangbi Jushi's [Wang Jian's] eighteen large landscapes in the manner of various ancient masters.
湘碧居士仿古諸家山水鉅跡一十八幀 [印]: 子丕繼振, 人都道是詩豪
1. Yang Jizhen楊繼振 (ca. 1832–ca. 1893), 2 columns in large seal script and 2 columns in semi-cursive script, dated 1857; 1 seal (Leaf T):