Jen Yu (style name Li-fan) was a native of Hsiao-shan, Chekiang and the son of Jen Hsiung. Somewhat indolent as a youth, Jen Yu refused to study painting from his father, who became angered with him. When Jen Hsiung died, all of his works were left to the painter Ni T’ien (1855-1919). Jen Yu’s paintings therefore emerged purely from his natural talents and not from his father’s teaching.
Jen has grasped a fluid breath in depicting a mountain dwelling, red maple leaves, a blue mountain, and figures under an autumn sun. The manner of this work demonstrates how Jen distanced himself from and altered the style of his family’s tradition.
This painting was donated to the Museum by Mr. Lin Tsung-yi.