The Art History Archive - Chinese Art
By Brandi Leigh - 2008.
Hua Yan was born in 1682 in the Fujian province of China. Yans life was not well documented, however his art was. He studied at the traditional Yangzhou school and is often named as one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou.
These Eight artists are named so because they rejected the orthodox ideals about painting, and favored a style that was more expressive and individualistic. The members of the group had strong personalities which went against the conventions of their time. Most of the eight were from impoverished or troubled backgrounds, which perhaps led to a lack of information about their childhoods. The term “eccentric” is used to describe more of their work than of their own individual personalities.
Today Yans art still continues to be influential to Chinese artists, and his paintings are sold in the thousands. One in particular, an original heron scroll painting, is currently selling on e-bay for $14,495 US.
See Also: Chinese Landscape Painting
Artwork by Hua Yan
Hua Yan - Chrysanthemum Flowers - 1753