The Eccentric World of Luo Ping
Learn more about the exhibition Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733—1799), on view at the Met October 6, 2009—January 10, 2010: http://tinyurl.com/luoping The Eccentric World of Luo Ping. Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Luo Ping (1733—1799) was one of the most versatile, original, and celebrated artists in eighteenth-century China. The youngest of the so-called Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, he was a fiercely independent artist whose works—including portraits, landscapes, and flower paintings—deeply influenced the course of later Chinese painting. Organized by the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, the exhibition, which consists of 37 paintings by Luo Ping, members of his family, and his mentor Jin Nong, is drawn primarily from leading museums in China and features a number of National Treasures that have never been shown in the West. In New York it is complemented by about a dozen works from the Museums collection and from several local private lenders.