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Drunken Fisherman by a Reed Bank

Artist:
Tang Yin (Chinese, 1470–1524)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 28 7/16 x 14 9/16 in. (72.2 x 37 cm) Overall with mounting: 64 3/4 x 21 in. (164.5 x 53.3 cm) Overall with knobs: 64 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (164.5 x 60.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.55
Not on view
The fisherman, symbol of the scholar in retirement, is drunk and fast asleep under the awning of his boat, oblivious to the cares of the world. Tang Yin expands upon the meaning of his painting in the accompanying poem:

Punting pole stuck in the reeds, he ties up his skiff;
Late at night, the moon climbs to the top of the pole.
The old fisherman is dead drunk, call him, he won't wake up,
In the morning he rises, frost-prints on the shadow of his raincoat.

(Jonathan Chaves, trans., "Some Relationships Between Poetry and Painting in China," Renditions, vol. 6 [1976], p. 90)
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (5 columns in standard script)

Punting pole stuck in the reeds, he ties up his skiff;
Late at night, the moon climbs to the top of the pole.
The old fisherman is dead drunk, call him, he won't wake up,
In the morning he rises, frost-prints on the shadow of his raincoat.[1]

插篙葦渚繫舴艋,
三更月上當篙頂。
老漁爛醉喚不醒,
起來霜印簔衣影。

唐寅畫。

Artist’s seals

Tang Bohu 唐伯虎
Liuru Jushi 六如居士

Label strip

Zhang Daqian 張大千 (1899–1983), 1 column in semi-cursive script, undated:

唐六如 《葦渚醉漁》 真跡,大風堂供養

Collectors’ seals

Li Enqing 李恩慶 (19th c.)
北平李氏所藏

Wu Hufan 吳湖帆 (1894–1968)
湖帆鋻賞

Zhang Ze 張澤 (1882–1940)
張澤

Zhang Daqian 張大千 (1899–1983)
大風堂長物
大千好夢
球圖寳骨肉情

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

Unidentified
方拓村書畫印


[1] Jonathan Chaves, trans., "Some Relationships Between Poetry and Painting in China," Renditions, vol. 6 (1976), p. 90.
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