Formerly attributed to Wang Gong (Chinese, active early 19th century)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
25 1/8 x 12 1/8 in. (63.8 x 30.8 cm)
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
Signature: Artist's seal: Zhuping (square, red characters).
Inscription: Inscription by Wang Wenzhi (poem, eight lines, seven-character meter):
It seems that continued devogion to the Emperor is no longer required.
I dream of clouds and water in an idyllic life.
Laozi and Feizi cannot be reconciled.
The Qi people were always lauded by the Qu people.
I have not washed my hat since sharing the fisherman's life.
I hate to dress to call on the Duyou.
This year I am going to change
And become as free and unrestrained as a gull.
Dated the seventh day of the first month, 1298. Zhao Mengfu.
Marking: Calligrapher's seal: Wangshi Yuqing (square, red characters)
1. Authenticated by Lianshu (square, red characters)
2. Authentic seal of Haiyang Sunshi
Lianshu's cheerished calligraphy and painting (square, red characters)
3. Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Collection
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1986; donated to MMA)