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Fishing on a snowy river

Unidentified artist

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Since Southern Song painting concentrates more on smaller formats such as handscrolls, fans, and album leaves, hanging scrolls from the period are comparatively scarce. Fishing on a Snowy River evokes a monumental landscape scene in the Northern Song tradition of Fan Kuan (active ca. 990–1030), albeit through the simplified motifs and brush formulas of Fan’s Southern Song followers Li Tang (ca. 1070s–ca. 1150s) and Liang Kai (active first half of the 13th century). The intimate focus and the interest in genre details in the foreground are typical of the thirteenth century.

Fishing on a snowy river, Unidentified artist Chinese, ca. 1250, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, China

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