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LI KAN (1245 - 1320), Painter

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913
LI KAN (1245 - 1320), Painter

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Chinese, 13th – 14th century, male.

Active in Jiqiu, near Beijing.

Born 1245; died 1320.


Li Kan was a senior official who was sent on a mission to Indochina. He was a fine painter of bamboo and liked to walk through stands of the plant in the wind and rain, in the sun and the mist, to see how the branches moved. His pictures are consequently very lively.

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Subjects: Art ; Biographical Studies

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