Image: 44 x 20 1/2 in. (111.8 x 52.1 cm)
Overall with mounting: 93 1/4 x 27 in. (236.9 x 68.6 cm)
Overall with knobs: 93 1/4 x 30 3/4 in. (236.9 x 78.1 cm)
Lent by Oscar L. Tang
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
Since Southern Song painting concentrates more on smaller formats such as handscrolls, fans, and album leaves, hanging scrolls from the period are comparatively scarce. Fishing on a Snowy River evokes a monumental landscape scene in the Northern Song tradition of Fan Kuan (active ca. 990–1030), albeit through the simplified motifs and brush formulas of Fan’s Southern Song followers Li Tang (ca. 1070s–ca. 1150s) and Liang Kai (active first half of the 13th century). The intimate focus and the interest in genre details in the foreground are typical of the thirteenth century.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal
Yuan Lizhun 袁勵準 (1876–1935), 1 column in standard script, undated; 1 seal:
Fishing on a Snowy River by a Song dynasty painter in the collection of Ruomu [Kuai Shoushu, active early 20th c.], inscribed by Juesheng [Yuan Lizhun].
宋人 《寒江釣雪》，若木藏，玨生署。 [印]: 勵準長壽
1. Baoxi 寳熙 (1871–1930?), 1 line in large standard script and 20 columns in standard script, dated 1929; 4 seals: