REN YI (REN BONIAN) (1840-1895)
REN YI (REN BONIAN) (1840-1895)

Portrait of Yunfeng

REN YI (REN BONIAN) (1840-1895)
Portrait of Yunfeng
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
129.5 x 63.9 cm. (51 x 25 1⁄8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with one seal of the artist
Dedicated to Yunfeng
Further inscribed and signed by Jingyang, with one seal
Further inscribed and signed by Wang Dinghua (?-after 1879)
Dated autumn, gengwu year (1870)
Both dedicated to Yunfeng

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Lot Essay

Renowned for his portraits, Ren Bonian first studied painting under his father Ren Shenghe when he was young. Later he became a student of Ren Xun and Ren Xiong, where he eventually acquired a lighthearted and authentic artistic style unique in his painting. The present lot is a classic portrait by the artist, with a facial expression painted entirely in the boneless technique. Ren painted portraits for
many of his friends and contemporaries, such as Wu Changshuo, Zhou Wen, Ren Xun, Xu Gu, and Yang Xian. We cannot ascertain who is the subject of the current painting. However, based on the inscription, Yunfeng is likely a retired government official who emanates an authoritative yet relaxed spirit.

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