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Artist: Huang Shen, Chinese, 1687–773)

Flowers, Birds, Fish, and a Crab

late 17th–early 18th century

album leaf, ink on paper

without mounting: 13 3/4 × 11 5/16 in. (34.9 × 28.8 cm)
Gift of H. Christopher Luce, B.A. 1972
1986.141.5.1-.5
The lively, imaginative depictions of birds and animals in landscape settings in this album, as well as the style of the writing on the accompanying inscription, showcase Huang Shen’s skillful use of brush and ink and reflect his study of earlier artists such as Huaisi, the famed calligrapher from the eighth century C.E. Unlike many other painters and calligraphers in the Qing dynasty, Huang did not work at the Chinese court, but he is listed as one of the eight great eccentric (or independent) masters working in the city of Yangzhou in the eighteenth century.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

H. Christopher Luce, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.