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元 盛懋 秋林漁隱圖 團扇
Recluse Fisherman, Autumn Trees

Artist:
Sheng Mou (Chinese, active ca. 1310–1360)
Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
dated 1349
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 10 1/2 × 13 1/4 in. (26.7 × 33.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cummings, by exchange, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.121.13
Not on view
Inscribed by the artist: "On the fourth day of the sixth lunar month of the jichou year of the Zhizheng reign era [June 19, 1349], Sheng Mou, Zizhao of Wutang, painted this Recluse Fisherman, Autumn Trees."

In the Yuan period, the recluse fisherman became the symbol of the unemployed scholar, out of work either by choice or because traditional employment through the civil service examination was unavailable to him. The true hermit-scholar "fished for fish and not for fame;" others merely pretended to fish while waiting to return to politics.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (3 columns in standard script)

On the fourth of the sixth lunar month in the jichou year of the Zhizheng reign era [June 19, 1349] Sheng Mou, Zizhao, of Wutang [Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province] painted this Recluse Fisherman, Autumn Trees.

至正己丑六月四日武唐盛懋子昭作 《穐林漁隱》。

Artist's seal
Zizhao 子昭

Collector’s seal

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (己千,C. C. Wang, 1907–2003)
Jiqian xinshang 季遷心賞
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Song and Yuan Paintings: Exhibition of Newly Acquired Chinese Paintings," November 1, 1973–January 20, 1974.

London. British Museum. "Song and Yuan Paintings," November 7, 1975–January 4, 1976.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change," August 21, 2010–January 9, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection I," October 31, 2015–October 11, 2016.

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