In the renwu year , while visiting Mr. Tanweng in Yang- zhou, I saw a fan painting by Mr. Ji’ou. The painting is elegantly executed in brush and ink; its river and valley are deep. From ancient times, literati who could practice the “Six Canons” were endowed with divine brightness, which I do not have. With this painting, I beg Mr. Ji’ou’s instruction. Lan Ying.
The Six Canons [Liu fa] refers to six principles for evaluating painting written by Xie He (active c. 479–502). This text became an important foundation for subsequent art criticism in China.
31 × 40.7 cm (12 × 16 in.)
Samuel M. Nickerson fund
Extended information about this artwork
The Art Institute of Chicago 1964 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 64-25438, p. (11)
Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Paintings: Vol. 1 American and Canadian Collections, compiled by Kei Suzuki , by University of Tokyo Press, 1982; page I-36, 37, No. A 3–022.
The Art Institute of Chicago : Ming (1368-1644) Qing (1644-1921) dynasties Exhibition 1964
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