Landscape Watercolor Painting by Ming Dynasty Master Artist Lan Ying (1585-1664)
Lan Ying (1585-1664)
zi Tianshu, hao Diesou, Shitoutuo, Dongguo Laonong, Xibu Waishi, Wushannong, Shansou, was a native of Qiantang, Zhejiang.
Lan excelled in painting landscapes. He started to learn painting by studying the painting style of the Yuan master Huang Gongwang, later extended his interest to those of other Yuan painters. His passion for archaic styles drove him to go back to the Song styles, in particular those of Mi Fu and Fan Kuan. He was acclaimed as one of the most proficient masters in painting landscapes after the ancient models during the transitional period of the late Ming and early Qing. In his middle age, he began to experiment new techniques and to develop his individual style which fully matured in his late years. It resulted in a more forceful and austere painting style with the textural strokes rubbed with a dry brush. Besides he was also prolific in painting plum blossoms, orchids, figures, flowers and birds.
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