Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 10 1/2 × 13 1/4 in. (26.7 × 33.7 cm)
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cummings, by exchange, 1973
Not on view
Inscribed by the artist: "On the fourth day of the sixth lunar month of the jichou year of the Zhizheng reign era [June 19, 1349], Sheng Mou, Zizhao of Wutang, painted this Recluse Fisherman, Autumn Trees."
In the Yuan period, the recluse fisherman became the symbol of the unemployed scholar, out of work either by choice or because traditional employment through the civil service examination was unavailable to him. The true hermit-scholar "fished for fish and not for fame;" others merely pretended to fish while waiting to return to politics.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (3 columns in standard script)
On the fourth of the sixth lunar month in the jichou year of the Zhizheng reign era [June 19, 1349] Sheng Mou, Zizhao, of Wutang [Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province] painted this Recluse Fisherman, Autumn Trees.
Artist's seal Zizhao 子昭
Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (己千，C. C. Wang, 1907–2003) Jiqian xinshang 季遷心賞
[ C. C. Wang Family , New York, until 1973; sold to MMA]
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change," August 21, 2010–January 9, 2011.
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