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Li Kan, Bamboos and Rock

Lǐ Kàn (Li K'an, traditional: 李衎, simplified: 李衎; c. 1245 – 1320) was a Chinese painter during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368).

Li was born in Jiqiu county (present-day Beijing).[1] His style name was 'Zhong Bin' and his sobriquet was 'Xi Zhai'. Li lived for some time in a bamboo valley, which inspired many of his works. His ink bamboo executed refined strokes which were commented on their realism, followed the style of Wen Tong.


  1. ^ "Lǐ Kàn Brief Biography". Retrieved 2008-07-11.

External linksEdit

  • Sung and Yuan paintings, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Li Kan (see list of paintings)