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Yuen  

Japanese, 14th century, male.

Active c. 1384.

Painter.

Yuen painted Buddhist subjects.

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Japanese, 14th century, male.

Active c. 1352-1389.

Painter.

Yukimitsu was appointed head of the e-dokoro (court painting bureau) in 1352 with the title Lord of Echizen. In 1362, as a specialist in Buddhist images, he executed the illustrations for the six volume Jizo Reikenki (The Miracles of Jizo, the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha)....

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Chinese, 12th century, male.

Active in Yunnan.

Painter. Religious subjects.

Although Zhang Shengwen is known only for a single work, Buddhist Images; this painting is clear testimony of the permanence of orthodox Buddhist iconography, as it has unmistakable ties with the frescoes in the Buddhist caves of Dunhuang, which date from the 8th century. Zhang’s lines are extremely delicate and his light colours have great subtlety, while the perfection of his drawing and the finesse of his heads are clear evidence of considerable technical skill. Yet there is nothing original in him; the main elements of his work come straight from the Buddhist art of Dunhuang....

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Chinese, 9th – 10th century, male.

Active c. 890-930.

Born in Jinshui (Sichuan).

Painter.

Zhang Yuan was a famous painter of arhats (Buddhist holy men). The signed work Landscape with Seven Buddhist Patriarchs Accompanied by Servants and Assistants is attributed to him, perhaps correctly.

New York (Metropolitan Mus. of Art): ...

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Chinese, 9th century, male.

Active in Chengdu (Sichuan) c. 825-850.

Born in Changan (Xian, Shensi).

Painter.

Zhao Gongyou painted Buddhist and Taoist figures. He initially lived at Chengdu, where he painted murals for a number of temples, later moving to Zhejiang. A fragment from a handscroll in the British Museum, ...

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Zhao Ju  

Chinese, 13th century, male.

Active in Ningbo (Zhejiang) in the second half of the 13th century.

Painter.

Zhao Ju painted Buddhist figures. A pair of eight-fold screens, in colour on silk and signed, depicting the Sixteen Lohan, is in the Hokkekyo-ji in Chiba in Japan....

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Chinese, 16th – 17th century, male.

Active in Nanjing 1565-1630.

Born in Xiexian (Anhui).

Painter.

Zheng Zhong painted landscapes and Buddhist figures.

London (British Mus.): Sakyamuni (signed and dated 1568)

Taipei (National Palace Mus.): several works

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Chinese, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 1574, in Jingling (Hubei); died 1624.

Painter. Landscapes.

Zhong Xing, a Chan Buddhist, was a poet and head of the school of poetry in Jingling.

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Chinese, 11th century, male.

Born in Kuaiji (Zhejiang); died 1123.

Painter, Chan Buddhist monk. Ink plum blossom.

Zhongren was a Chan Buddhist monk who lived at the Huaguang monastery in Hunan Province. He was a great friend of the painter Huang Tingjian (fl. 1087-1093), who composed poems for his pictures. Zhongren is known above all for his paintings of plum blossom, a genre that flourished at the beginning of the Song dynasty and whose symbolism closely resembles that of bamboo painting. Indeed, he was the first to paint plum blossom in ink washes, a genre that in China would have a great future. This is how the Song dynasty epic Meipu or ...

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Zhou XI  

Chinese, 17th century, female.

Active during the second half of the 17th century.

Painter. Religious subjects, portraits.

Zhou Xi was the daughter of Zhou Rongqi. She painted Buddhist figures.

Taipei (National Palace Mus.): Ten Portraits of Arhats (album)