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Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Medium: green and blue color on gold-flecked paper
Format: fan face

Date: undated
Artist(s): Qiu Ying (ca. 1505-1552)

Dimensions: 21.5 × 31.2 cm

The fan depicts the calligraphy master Wang Xizhi (303-361) watching geese and cranes at the Orchid Pavilion. He is shown seated in the pavilion in a long belted robe. With heavy colors in the elaborate-realism style, a grand garden view with winding stream, rocks, curly-trunked pine trees, willows, and flowers is presented on this small-scale fan. Servants in the courtyard carry a qin zither and brew tea, reflecting their master's lofty life style and spiritual pursuits.
  Qiu Ying excelled at painting figures, especially portraits of women. His woman subjects are always portrayed with wondrous gestures in delicate colors, which became known as "Qiu style" ladies. Qiu Ying's works were hailed both by the educated elite and common folk. He also made great contributions to the development of traditional blue-and-green landscape paintings and elaborate-realism figure paintings.

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