Hermit-Fisherman on a Spring River

Lan Ying Chinese

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Known as the last major Zhe School professional painter, the Hangzhou artist Lan Ying was sufficiently influenced by late Ming scholar-painting aesthetics to have devoted most of his creative energy to painting in the idioms of the Song and Yuan masters. In this self-titled work, for example, Lan invokes the theme of life in reclusion celebrated in many paintings by Yuan scholar-artists.

Unlike the works of the Wu School scholar-painters, however, Lan Ying’s paintings emphasize technical virtuosity and coloristic effects. Lan’s expressive drawing and bold use of color influenced a number of younger painters, including Chen Hongshou (1598–1652).

Hermit-Fisherman on a Spring River, Lan Ying (Chinese, 1585–1664), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, China

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