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Asian Art
Artist: Wang Jian, Chinese, 1598–1677

Landscape in the Style of Various Old Masters: Landscape after Ni Zan (1301–1374)

1669

Album leaf, ink and color on paper

without mounting: 8 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (21.6 × 14.6 cm) with mounting: 14 3/16 × 9 in. (36 × 22.9 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
1976.26.3h
Each of the eight paintings in this album bears an inscription identifying an important earlier artist as the inspiration for the composition and brushwork. Wang Jian was an ardent collector of paintings and one of four friends with the surname Wang, all well-known painters in the seventeenth century who shared an interest in vigorous study and creative imitations of earlier masters, particularly artists who had become part of an orthodox lineage revered in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The inscription on the last page of the album indicates that it was produced, probably as a gift, for a certain Weihou, likely a pen name for a cultivated gentleman with discerning tastes.
Geography: 
China
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Lok Tsai Hsien Collection

Bibliography: 

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 118–121, no. 54, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 299, ill.

David Ake Sensabaugh, The Scholar as Collector: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2004), 30, 32, 44, no. 46, fig. 23-2.

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.