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Poem for Hanwen

Artist:
Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427–1509)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
dated 1493
Culture:
China
Medium:
Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on gold-flecked paper
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (16.5 x 47 cm)
Classification:
Calligraphy
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.47
Not on view
Shen Zhou modeled his writing after the running-regular script of Huang Tingjian (1045–1105); four major works by the Song master were in Shen's personal collection.Despite the small size of the writing on this fan, the characters show the tight interior organization, tall structure, and elongated diagonals and horizontals that are the hallmark of Huang Tingjian's style. In Shen's interpretation, the bony aspect of Huang's brushwork is stressed: the brushwork is simplified and, for the most part, lacks the small movements and stroke details that make the earlier master's writing so rich.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (20 columns in semi-cursive script)

入城常厭路迢迢,野水孤舟且寂寥。
清話喜君今共酒,曠懷須我更吹簫。
菱花白處參差發,楓葉紅時逐漸凋。
一塔照人看已近,漫催柔楞送溪潮。
漢文久不見過,八月望後一日始能一接,而余裝在舟,行色甚匆匆,漢文亦不留,遂共載而南。余家去郭五十里,每每獨行,把書外惟一睡而已。玆來煮蟹與芰,
與漢文且啖酒雅話,不覺其舟瞥爾而達,郭郛隱隱可望,遂為留此作于扇頭,庸紀佳會也。嵗在癸丑。沈周

Collectors’ seals

Li Jian 黎簡 (1747–1799)
黎簡

Pan Zhengwei 潘正煒 (19th c.)
季彤審定

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