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明 藍瑛 春江漁隱圖 軸
Hermit-Fisherman on a Spring River

Lan Ying (Chinese, 1585–1664)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
dated 1632
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Image: 72 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. (184.8 x 90.8 cm)
Overall with mounting: 98 3/4 x 43 1/8 in. (250.8 x 109.5 cm)
Overall with knobs: 98 3/4 x 46 3/8 in. (250.8 x 117.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
Not on view
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).
Signature: Signed, dated 1632, two artist's seals

Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (1 column in clerical script, followed by 2 columns in semi-cursive script):


Artist’s seals


Collector’s seal

John M. Crawford Jr. , New York (until d. 1988; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

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