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元 吳鎮 蘆灘釣艇圖 卷
Fisherman

Artist:
Wu Zhen (Chinese, 1280–1354)
Calligrapher:
Wu Zhen (Chinese, 1280–1354)
Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
ca. 1350
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.33
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.[1]

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

Artist’s seals

Yimei 一梅
Meihua An 梅花

Label strip

Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:

Fisherman by Wu Zhen.

吳鎮 《蘆灘釣艇》

Collectors’ seals

Geng Zhaozhong 耿昭忠 (1640–1687)
Dancheng 丹誠
Zhenshang 真賞
Yi er zisun 宜爾子孫
Zhenmi 珍祕

Geng Jiazuo 耿嘉祚 (active late 17th–early 18th c.)
Huihou zhenshang 會侯珍賞
Geng Huihou jianding shuhua zhi zhang 耿會侯鋻定書畫之章

Qing emperor Qianlong 清帝乾隆 (r. 1736–1795)
Qianlong yulan zhi bao 乾隆御覽之寶
Shiqu baoji 石渠寶笈

Zhang Daqian 張大千 (1899–1983)
Bieshi rongyi 別時容易
Cang zhi Daqian 藏之大千
Qiu tu bao gurou qing 球圖寶骨肉情
Dafeng Tang zhencang yin 大風堂珍藏印
Di guo zhi fu 敵國之富
Nan bei dong xi zhiyou xiangsui wu bieli 南北東西只有相隨無別離

Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford, Jr., 1913–1988)
Gu Luofu 顧洛阜
Hanguang Ge 漢光閣

Unidentified
Li Yuanyong 李元用

[1] Wen C. Fong, Beyond Representation: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy 8th–14th Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992, p. 450.
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