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明 文徵明 太湖群嶼圖 扇面
View of Lake Tai

Artist:
Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470–1559)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
dated 1543
Culture:
China
Medium:
Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on gold-flecked paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (24.8 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.7.1
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?
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (8 columns in standard script)

島嶼縱橫一鏡中,溼銀盤浸紫芙蓉。
誰能胸貯三萬頃,我欲身遊七十峰。
天遠洪濤日翻月,春寒澤國隱魚龍。
中流仿佛聞雞犬,何處堪追范蠡蹤。

癸卯春同景山汛太湖,為寫扇頭,並書小詩。徵明


Artist's seals

Zheng, Ming 徵、明


Colophons

1. Xu Jin 徐縉 (1482—1548)6 columns in standard script, undated; 1 seal:

太湖萬頃煙波渺,況復春來浸碧山。
桂櫂恍如天上坐,茅堂宛在水中間。
閒情已屬富春渚,勝事都歸消夏灣。
更待中秋申宿約,醉乘明月弄潺湲。

徐縉 [印]:子容

2. Zhang Huan 張寰 (16th c.)9 columns in semi-cursive script, undated; 1 seal (illegible):

震澤三吳匯百川,舊遊忽漫接新年。
柳舒梅綻爭雄長,壑轉峰囘擁後前。
未擬登臨窮海岳,且將寤寐詫林泉。
逍遙野性終成癖,汗漫狂吟老更偏。

張寰用韻。 [印]:(漶漫不辨)


Collector's seal

Illegible: 1
[ Jean-Pierre Dubosc , Kamakura, Japan, 1982; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Text and Image: The Interaction of Painting, Poetry, and Calligraphy," January 23, 1999–August 16, 1999.

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