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明 沈周 秋林閒釣圖 軸
Silent Angler in an Autumn Wood

Artist:
Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427–1509)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
dated 1475
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 60 x 24 3/4 in. (152.4 x 62.9 cm) Overall with mounting: 107 x 32 1/8 in. (271.8 x 81.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 107 x 35 1/4 in. (271.8 x 89.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.46
Not on view
Born to a family of scholars and artists, Shen Zhou chose to lead a life of quiet retirement at home, pursuing the scholar-artist ideal of practicing painting and calligraphy as a form of self-cultivation. Although he did not turn to painting until he was nearly forty, he was later heralded as the father of the Wu school.

Painted when Shen Zhou was forty-eight, Silent Angler in an Autumn Wood is a relatively early work. Nevertheless, it exhibits the kind of bold brushwork and composition that typify the artist's mature style. Eliminating any background so that the screen of foreground trees fills the picture plane, Shen Zhou maximized the impact of the surface patterns made by his blunt, powerful brushstrokes.

According to Shen Zhou's inscription, the painting was done for two old friends, father and son, who had come for a visit. In both his painting and the accompanying poem, Shen used the image of the fisherman to symbolize the pleasures of scholarly retirement. To emphasize that such pleasures are a state of mind, Shen's angler, dressed in a scholar's robe and seated on a leopard skin, holds a pole that has neither hook nor line.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (11 columns in semi-cursive script)

繫舟煙浪夕,笑語溢柴闗。淡墨燈前畫,故情江上山。
相交父子者,豈在酒杯間。與君將白髮,共對釣絲閒。

予謬交志剛彭君父子間幾三十年,志剛有古道,通予有無,非市郭拍肩執袂者比也。乙未長至後一日志剛擕酌至有竹居,秉燭寫此圖並題其上,聊寓感感而已,詩畫云乎哉。沈周

Artist’s seal

沈氏啓南

Collectors’ seals

Lin Xiongguang 林熊光 (1898–1974)
林朗庵考藏書畫印

Zhang Daqian張大千 (1899–1983)
大風堂
張爰
大千居士
敵國之富
不負古人告後人

Xu Bojiao 徐伯郊 (1913–2002)
吳興徐氏
伯郊所藏

Pang Nai 龐耐(Alice Boney, 1901–1988)
龐耐

Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford, Jr., 1913–1988)
漢光閣主顧洛阜鋻藏中國古代書畫印章

Wang Yuan王薳 (1884–1944)
曾在秋湄山人處
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