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Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren

Bada Shanren (1626–1705) was born a Ming prince before Manchu forces conquered the empire. He spent three decades as a Buddhist monk, then suffered a nervous breakdown and left the priesthood. After recovering, he became a professional artist, producing some of the most daring and idiosyncratic works in all of Chinese art. See his unique visual vocabulary in Enigmas, now on view in the Freer—and share them with a free e-card.