Solitary Wanderer at Longmen
Attributed to Ni Zan, Chinese, 1301 - 1374
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Ni Zan was considered the archetype of the Yuan dynasty literati painter. His dry brush and spare painting style, in which he pared all the elements down to their essence, became a primary model for both Chinese and Japanese literati painters. The inscription at the top narrates the event depicted: the solitary monk who wandered through the Buddhist grottoes at Longmen.