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China Anonymous, Chinese
On the River in Winter, n. d.
Ink on Silk
55 7/8 in. x 28 1/4 in. (141.92 cm x 71.76 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Ch'ing Dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.30


Commentary
Huddled in his boat midstream, a fisherman endures the winter cold. Crisp jagged brushstrokes define the harsh environment. Primarily ink on silk, the work captures the hardships of rural life in late Ming Dynasty China. The inscription bears the signature of Shen Zhou (1427-1509) but the calligraphy has not yet been authenticated. Probably the work is done in the style of Shen Zhou, one of the most important painters working in Suzhou, and may be a copy of an older painting by the master.
Professor Bruce Coats

Note: Old number "L1780/7" is written in pencil on the backing paper.

Marks
There is a block of calligraphy is the upper right of the image. A signature of three characters is written amongst the trees in the lower left of the painting. Four square red ink seals are stamped in the lower right of the image. There is a strip of brocade with characters running down it, afixed to the back of the panel in the upper right.

Medium
Black ink brushed onto silk, with a light grey silk brocade border.

Object Description
Mounted vertical scroll of a landscape with bare trees and bamboo. A small boat with a huddled figure is in the center of the foreground, moving slowly through the water.

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