Drinking in the Bamboo Garden on the Lantern Festival

Luo Ping Chinese

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Painted at the end of Luo Ping's first Beijing sojourn, this depiction of a gathering beneath a lantern to celebrate the first full moon of the year commemorates a moment of social interaction between the artist and his patron-friends. The "Bamboo Garden" mentioned in Luo's inscription may refer to the famous Yangzhou property he had visited with his mentor, Jin Nong (1687–1763). The scene represents a nostalgic evocation of the southern metropolis—a vision his Beijing patrons would have found appealing.

The clearly articulated composition and painterly effects, indicative of Luo's gradual departure from Jin Nong's artistic legacy, are characteristic of his mid-career.

Drinking in the Bamboo Garden on the Lantern Festival, Luo Ping (Chinese, 1733–1799), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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