Landscapes in the styles of old masters

Wang Jian Chinese
Title piece by Wang Shimin Chinese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 213

Wang Jian, teacher of Wang Hui and close friend of Wang Shimin, stands at the center of the group of scholar-artists who endeavored to establish a new orthodoxy in painting through the vigorous study of past masters. In this gemlike album, Wang re-created in miniature scale the idioms of Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1279–1368) dynasty masters. Conscious of his own role as a transmitter, Wang inscribed each leaf with the name of the artist whose style he interpreted together with an appropriate couplet by the Tang dynasty poet Du Fu (712–770).

Landscapes in the styles of old masters, Wang Jian (Chinese, 1609–1677/88), Album of ten leaves; ink and color on paper, China

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