NI ZAN (1301-1374)
Ni Zan (1301-1374) was born into a wealthy family in Wuxi prefecture. Around the age of 53, he left his homeland in order to avoid war and harsh taxation. As he left his home to a life of travels, his painting style underwent a major evolution as he painted lonely landscapes that were representative of his desolate life at the time. Although Landscape-A Gift to Ban Yun is a relatively small composition in the artist’s repertoire, the work contains many elements of Ni Zan’s masterpieces of the period. The structure of the distant mountains are reminiscent of his work, Fishing Village in an Autumn Clear Day, painted at the age of 55 and now located in the Shanghai Museum. The trees in the foreground are similar to those in Jiang’an Mountains, painted at the age of 60. The shape of the slender bamboo, with its branches and leaves, take the shape of those in Bamboo and Rocks, both of which belonged to the imperial collection and are now in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.On the lower right-hand corner of Landscape-A Gift to Ban Yun are collectors’ seals of the noted connoisseurs Dong Qichang (1555-1636) and Zhu Wenjun (1882-1937).
NI ZAN (1301-1374)

Landscape-A Gift to Ban Yun

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NI ZAN (1301-1374)
Landscape-A Gift to Ban Yun
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink on paper
12 1/8 x 8 ¼ in. (30.9 x 21 cm.)
Inscribed and signed
Dated xinchou year (1361)
Two collectors’ seals, one each of Dong Qichang (1555-1636) and Zhu Wenjun (1882-1937)
Sale room notice
Please note that the dimensions of the painting should read 12 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (30.9 x 21 cm.).
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