Wang Chen Chinese

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In the late seventeenth century, a group of painters who have come to be known as the “Four Wangs” built upon Dong Qichang’s legacy to bring energy and excitement to the study of old master styles. The youngest of these, Wang Yuanqi, exerted a great influence on younger painters, including his grandson Wang Chen, whose fan you see here. Wang worked in a loose, wet version of his grandfather’s manner; he achieved enough fame in his own right to be counted among a group known as the “Lesser Four Wangs” who carried the original Four Wangs’ legacy forward into the nineteenth century.

Landscape, Wang Chen (Chinese, 1720–1797), Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on paper, China

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