Lan Ying was born in Chechiang province and lived most of his life in Hangzhou. He is often regarded as the last great painter
of the Che school, (a school founded by Tai Chin [1388-1462]) and associated with a decorative and academic style).
Although Lan Ying began his career as a professional painter, a somewhat derogatory appellation in light of the higher status
of the scholar/gentry/amateur painter, his surviving works demonstrate why he is considered one of the greatest artists of
his period. His studies of early masters, coupled with his precise brushwork, drew him praise from the powerful Sung-chiang
art circles of the early Ch'ing period. He was a teacher of Chen Hung-shou and of Liu Tu, another late Ming artist.
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Handscroll: ink and colors on silk
h 11 -3/4 x w 93 inches