Hong Ren

Hong Ren, who is also known as Hongren, (Chinese: 弘仁; 1610–1663[1]) was a Chinese monk and painter of the early Qing period and a member of the Anhui (or Xin'an) school of painting. His birth name was Jiang Fang. After the fall of the Ming dynasty he became a monk, as did Zhu Da, Shitao, and Kun Can. They protested the fall of the Ming dynasty by becoming monks. Hong Ren's style has been said to "[represent] the world in a dematerialized, cleansed version ... revealing his personal peace through the liberating form of geometric abstraction."[2]

The Coming of Autumn, ink on paper by Hongren (Hong Ren), 1658–61, Honolulu Museum of Art


  1. ^ Conrad Schirokauer (1989). "14". A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilization (2nd ed.). Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. p. 337. ISBN 0-15-505569-0.
  2. ^ James Cahill (1982). The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in Seventeenth Century Chinese Painting. Harvard Univ. Press. p. 183.

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