Landscape No. 882

Wang Jiqian (C. C. Wang)

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C. C. Wang was born in Suzhou in the twilight of the Qing dynasty and died in New York City in the age of the internet. A prominent collector of Chinese paintings, he fed his innovative practice through the study of old masters. This work is an understated and erudite combination of diverse inspirations with Wang’s own inimitable style. The elevated vantage point calls to mind Bada Shanren (1636–1705). The gossamer contour lines of the hills evoke Ni Zan (1306–1374), and the color palette suggests Shitao (1642–1707), all reconfigured through Wang’s own modern sensibility. The result is a work that both honors and transforms tradition. Many of the important early Chinese paintings in The Met’s collection were once owned by Wang.

Landscape No. 882, Wang Jiqian (C. C. Wang) (1907–2003), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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