Yen Li-pen(redirected from Yan Liben)
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Born circa 600 in Shensi Province; died there 673. Chinese painter.
The outstanding representative of the early figure-painting genre, Yen Li-pen worked in the polychromatic tradition. His paintings, such as The Thirteen Emperors (ink and watercolors on silk; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), are characterized by a severe refinement of line and show a noble restraint of style. Yen Li-pen’s works also include monumental paintings; he frequently collaborated with his older brother Yen Li-teh (died 656), who was also an architect and a master of applied art.