Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on gold-flecked paper
6 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (16.5 x 47 cm)
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
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)