Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on gold-flecked paper
9 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (24.8 x 52.7 cm)
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Not on view
Wen Zhengming painted this dreamy vision of Lake Tai, China's "Great Lake," for a friend after their springtime boat ride together. Wen's poem reads:
Islands spread out in a mirror, Like purple hibiscus immersed in a watery silver platter. Who can hold thirty-thousand jing [the supposed size of Lake Tai] in his bosom? I long to visit the seventy peaks [of Lake Tai] for myself. Heaven is vast, billows roll on, days turn into months. In the spring cold the water country hides fish and dragons; Sitting in the middle of the lake I seemed to hear roosters [crow] and dogs bark. Where should I find the retired statesman Fan Li?
Signature: The artist has inscribed a poem (two quatrains of seven character lines) in the upper right corner, followed by the date, "Spring of the gui-mao year ."
Inscription: To the left of the artist's inscription, two appreciative colophons;
A poem of two quatrains in seven character lines on the right and a poem by Xu Jin, and a poem using the same rhyme scheme as Xu Jin's on the left by Zhang Huan (dates unknown).
Marking: Seal of unidentified owner, lower left corner of fan.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Text and Image: The Interaction of Painting, Poetry, and Calligraphy," January 23, 1999–August 16, 1999.
Artist: Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470–1559)Medium: Album of eight painting leaves with facing sheets inscribed with poems, preceded by a four-sheet title piece; ink on paperAccession: 1972.278.9a–tOn view in:Not on view