Paradise Flycatcher and Lychees by Shen Quan, ink and
color on paper, circa 1738 is among the 89 masterworks in the exhibition The Jade Studio: Masterpieces of Ming and Qing Painting and Calligraphy from the Wong Nan-p'ing Collection at the U-M Museum of Art through Nov. 20.|
When collector Wong Nan-p'ing moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong shortly after the Communist revolution in 1949, he left behind most of his sizable collection, which he had named Jade Studio.
In the mid 1960s, the Chinese government confiscated the works remaining in Shanghai, expropriating many of them and 'losing' 540 others. Wong has dedicated himself to recreating his collection which spanned the 16th through 20th centuries. The Jade Studio was organized by the Yale University Art Gallery.