Recluse Fisherman, Autumn Trees

Sheng Mao Chinese

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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.

Recluse Fisherman, Autumn Trees, Sheng Mao (Chinese, active ca. 1310–1360), Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk, China

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