Height: 90.000 cm
Width: 31.000 cm
Asia OA 1910.2-12.466 (Chinese Painting 171)
Leng Mei, Portrait of a Lady, a hanging scroll painting
Qing dynasty, 18th century AD
'Painting of a beauty'
Leng Mei (active about 1677- about 1742)
specialized in figure painting and belonged to the
This painting is known as a meiren hua ('painting of a beauty'), in a tradition dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-906) in the paintings of Zhou Fang (about 730-800). The lady sits on a rustic seat holding a book in her hand. The informality of her pose, her refined appearance and her diaphanous clothing suggest that Leng Mei may have been depicting a courtesan. The artist's skill can be seen in the delicate rendering of the textile design and the fluid lines of the drapery.
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