Misty Rain in the Style of Nangong

Ni Tian was from Yangzhou in Jiangsu province, where as a painter he followed the eighteenth century Yangzhou eccentric, Hua Yan (1682-c.1756). He studied painting with Wang Su (1794-1877), where he specialized in figures and Buddhist images. After settling in Shanghai, he immersed himself in the Shanghai School, and was particularly influenced by its leading painter Ren Yi (1840-1896).

The inscription explains this painting is in the style of Nangong, also known as Mi Fu (1051-1107). The artist also notes ‘Zhao Danian [aka Zhao Lingrang (active c.1048-1100)] used to do it too’. Zhao Danian, also known as Zhao Lingrang, was a member of the Northern Song (AD 960-1127) imperial family, and is known for his blue-and-gold landscapes.

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    Ni Tian was from Yangzhou in Jiangsu, where as a painter he followed the eighteenth-century Yangzhou eccentric, Hua Yan. He first studied painting with Wang Su, and specialised in figures and Buddhist images. He settled in Shanghai, probably during the late 1880s or early 1890s, and he appears then to have immersed himself in the Shanghai School, with a particular regard for its leading painter, Ren Yi (d. 1895, q.v.). He has been credited with carrying forward Ren's style to a third generation of Shanghai painters. He was also well-known as a dealer in paintings.

    In: Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000)

Further reading

Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 104 on p. 122, illus. p. 123 fig. 104

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