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Tang Di, Chinese, (1287–1355)
Celebration by the River, 13th - 14th c.
Ink on Silk
53 3/16 in. x 26 1/2 in. (135.1 cm x 67.31 cm)

Object Type: Scroll
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Yüan Dynasty (China, 1280-1368)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William Bacon Pettus
Accession Number: PE47

This painting is attributed to Tang Di, with calligraphy with signature and seal of Zhao Mengfu.

This rare painting probably dates to the late 13th – early 14th. It is a grand landscape with figures in the foreground of a fisherman bringing his catch to his wife and child, who are coming to meet him. It is in ink on silk with slight colors. A poem has been inscribed onto the work.

Although the painting is unsigned, it is probably by the famous artist Tang Di (1287-1355). James Cahill, Professor at the University of California in 1980, published his opinion that the painting should be attributed to Tang Di. In 2014 Richard Barnhart , Professor Emeritus Yale University, wrote, “I am now quite confident that it was painted by Zhao Mengfu's disciple Tang Di. … . It would be Tang Di's earliest known work, closely related to “known” paintings of 1323 and 1334, and the only extant work by him with a physical connection to Zhao Mengfu. Many early texts suggest that Zhao helped the brilliant young Tang Di to grow as a painter, but now for the first time we have this proof.”

Of equal importance, Profesor Barnhart believes the poem was written by Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322), one of the greatest calligraphers in Chinese art history.

This painting is among the most important works in the Scripps College Collections, and a valuable example of 13th-14th century Yuan Dynasty painting.
Professor Bruce Coats, Scripps College

Inscription in the upper right of a poem by the artist. Signed Tzu Ang T'i (inscribed by Tzu Ang, the pseudonym of Chao Meng Fu).

Ink on silk, with ivory and light blue silk brocade mounting.

Object Description
Large vertical scroll, depicting a fishing boat returning to shore. A fisherman hands his catch to a boy on shore. A landscape of bare trees and hills is in the background.

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