Folding fan: ink and colors on paper
h 7 -1/8 x w 20 -7/8 inches
Yüan Chiang was from Chiang-tu in Chiangsu province, an area that had produced a number of painters. He was a court painter
in the Yung-cheng period (1723-1735). He was known for large, decorative paintings in the spirit of the Northern Sung masters,
but here in this small fan format he captures an intimate moment in time with a scholar seated at his lakeside pavilion. He
exploits the rounded fan shape by echoing it in rocks, bridges, and water.