Wu Zhen (Chinese, 1280-1354)
Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, Image: 87.2 x 42.8 cm (34 5/16 x 16 7/8 in.); Overall: 229 x 59.3 cm (90 3/16 x 23 3/8 in.). Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1997.93
Aspiring to free and harmonious living in the natural world was a recurring theme in traditional Chinese landscapes, especially paintings by gentleman-scholars. The fisherman-hermit in this painting symbolizes the ideal of a humble rural life to escape the dusty world. The Confucian principle also demanded that artists have high moral character. To retreat from fame and pursue a simple, bucolic life was always a lofty dream. This painting was originally attributed to artist Zhao Yong, but has been recently reattributed to Wu Zhen.
Tokyo National Museum, 1931: So-Gen-Min-Shin, I, 34.Cleveland Museum of Art, 1954: Lee, Chinese Landscape Painting, cat. no. 27.Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1956: Tseng, Loan Exhibition, cat. no. 10.Cleveland Museum of Art, 1968: Lee and Ho, Yüan, cat. no. 229.Cleveland Museum of Art, 1981: Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting, cat. no. 106, p. 131.The Cleveland Museum of Art (February 12, 2016 - July 31, 2016); “Ji Yunfei: Last Days of Village Wen”
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