A twelfth-century couplet inscribed on the wall of a tavern characterized the lives of the fisherman and the scholar-official:
Right and wrong reach not where men fish; Glory and disgrace dog the official riding his horse.
To painters living in the tumultuous days of the late Yuan and early Ming dynasties, the theme of the fisherman symbolized a perfect escape from their strife-torn world. Wang Fu, a fellow townsman of Ni Zan (1306–1374), returned to Wuxi in 1401, after twenty years of exile at the desolate northern outpost of Datong, Shanxi Province; like Ni Zan, he had been a wanderer in his native land. In this long scroll Wang echoes Wu Zhen's (1280–1354) treatment of the fisherman theme. Poised between descriptive realism and calligraphic abstraction, Wang's painting exemplifies how Ming- and Qing-dynasty scholar-artists expressed themselves through the brush idioms of the Song and Yuan masters.
15. Qian Ya 錢厓 （1897–1967）, 1 column in standard script, dated 1944; 2 seals:
甲申新春叔厓敬觀。 [印]： 叔、厓
Shen Du 沈度 （1357–1434） 雲閒沈度 瑤臺雪鶴
Jin Zong 金琮 （1449–1501） 元玉之印
Fang Junyi 方濬頤 （1815–1889） 曾在方夢園家
Wu Hufan 吳湖帆 （1894–1968） 湖帆鋻賞
Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1907–2003) 王氏季遷珍藏之印 震澤王氏季遷收藏印 懷雲樓鋻賞書畫之記 季遷 季遷珍藏 雙林書屋
Unidentified 張氏鼎元 汲黯朱雲伯仲閒 泰和蕭氏珍藏
 Viktoria von Winterfeldt-Contag (1906–1973).
[ Ellen B. Elliott , Princeton, NJ, 1981; sold to MMA]
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