Image: 12 1/4 x 21 3/16 in. (31.1 x 53.8 cm)
Overall with mounting: 13 1/4 x 136 1/2 in. (33.7 x 346.7 cm)
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Not on view
Wu Zhen lived the life of a recluse. He was never very famous or successful during his lifetime, but in the Ming period he came to be designated one of the Four Great Masters of the late Yuan dynasty and his style was favored by many Ming painters, most notably Shen Zhou (1427–1509). Wu was fond of doing "ink-plays," and his drawing shows a cartoonlike simplicity and directness. Accompanying the hermit-fisherman, a symbol of the late Yuan unemployed scholar, Wu Zhen's poetic colophon reads:
Red leaves west of the village reflect evening rays, Yellow reeds on a sandy bank cast early moon shadows. Lightly stirring his oar, Thinking of returning home, He puts aside his fishing pole, and will catch no more.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (4 columns in cursive script)
Red leaves west of the village reflect evening rays, Yellow reeds on a sandy bank cast early moon shadows. Lightly stirring his oar, thinking of returning home, He puts aside his fishing pole, and will catch no more.
紅葉村西夕影餘，黃蘆灘畔月痕初。 輕撥棹，且歸歟，挂起漁竿不釣魚。 梅老戲墨
Yimei 一梅 Meihua An 梅花
Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:
Fisherman by Wu Zhen.
Geng Zhaozhong 耿昭忠 (1640–1687) Dancheng 丹誠 Zhenshang 真賞 Yi er zisun 宜爾子孫 Zhenmi 珍祕