元/明 佚名 舊傳趙雍 倣盛懋 蘇軾後赤壁賦圖 扇 Illustration of Su Shi's "Second Ode on the Red Cliff"
In the style of Sheng Mou (Chinese, active ca. 1310–1360)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 14th–early 15th century
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 12 3/8 x 12 3/8 in. (31.4 x 31.4 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Not on view
The subject and style of this fan painting exemplify late Yuan scholarly taste. The picture illustrates the celebrated "Second Ode on the Red Cliff" by the Northern Song scholar-artist Su Shi (1036–1101), in which a poet dreams that a crane he saw during an outing was a Daoist immortal in disguise. The rough brush idiom is based on the traditions of Dong Yuan (act. ca. 940–75) and Juran (act. ca. 960–95), but the patterned texture strokes, moss dots, and brisk rhythmic arcs of the water reeds recall the fourteenth-century master Sheng Mou.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal
Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:
[ John C. Ferguson , 1913; sold to MMA]
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