Image: 52 7/8 x 33 7/8 in. (134.3 x 86 cm)
Overall with mounting: 98 3/4 x 38 1/2 in. (250.8 x 97.8 cm)
Overall with knobs: 98 3/4 x 42 3/4 in. (250.8 x 108.6 cm)
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Purchase, Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, by exchange, 1973
Not on view
The paintings of Tang Di, a scholar and official at the Yuan court, range from ink drawings on paper to largescale colored works on silk. A fellow townsman and follower of the scholar-painter Zhao Mengfu (1257–1322), Tang won praise from Emperor Renzong (r. 1312–20) for his part in the decoration of the Yuan imperial palace. Returning Fisherman is a fine example of Tang Di's monumental decorative style. Tang executed the scroll in the conservative brush idiom of the Northern Song masters Li Cheng (919–967) and Guo Xi (ca. 1000–ca. 1090), building forms with the principal motifs of the earlier style, "crab-claw" branches and "billowing-cloud" rocks. Following Zhao Mengfu's example of employing calligraphic techniques in painting, Tang made each brushstroke assertive.
Signature: "In the tenth day of the first month of the spring of 1342, Tang Di, Zihua of Wuxing, made this."
Artist's seals: Tang Di (relief, square); Tangshi Ziluo (relief, square)
Marking: Collectors' seals: 1. Unidentified seal in lower left corner, trimmed off in remounting
2. C.C. Wang (1907–2003): Wangshi Jiqian zhenzang zhiyin (relief, tall rectangle), lower right corner of painting