Art/ Collection/ Art Object

南宋 佚名 寒江釣雪圖 軸
Fishing on a snowy river

Unidentified Artist Chinese, ca. 1250
Song dynasty (960–1279)
ca. 1250
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
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)
Credit Line:
Lent by Oscar L. Tang
Accession Number:
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

Label strip

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:

宋人 《寒江釣雪》 真蹟

壬癸之際若木謁余京師,盛稱其季父禮卿京卿所藏宋畫以此為冠,極寳愛之。今秋余游大連,若木出以示觀,嘆其意境絕高,允為宋人名筆,益信京卿精鑑不虛云。己巳九月寳熙記。 [印]: 臣熙之印、沈盦墨緣

壬癸乃壬子癸丑,宣統之四、五年也。熙附記。 [印]: 臣熙印、視山

2. Yuan Lizhun 袁勵準 (1876–1935), 4 columns in semi-cursive/standard script, dated 1920; 3 seals:

曩與若木讀畫於自聞聞齋,舊簏中忽見此軸。墨色黝古,筆力精竺,而蹊徑之幽窈,景物之蒼寒,方之馬、夏殆有過之。愕眙駭詫不能自已。庚申秋日裝池既竟,若木屬題,記數語以誌墨緣云爾。北平袁勵準題於恐高寒齋。 [印]: 華南研北齋、玨生、勵準長壽

Collector’s seals

Kuai Shoushu 蒯壽樞 (active early 20th c.)

Illegible: 1
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